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What is the proper way to do the cross. From what I have known, Catholics use 3 fingers(thumb, middle and index fingers) to to do cross in which they move their fingers from the forehead to the heart and from left shoulder to right shoulder. But in the case of Eastern Orthodox Christians they bring their 3 fingers from right shoulder to left shoulder(reverse of what the Catholics do)

My question is which is the correct way to do the sign of the cross? Or does it really matter what way you do the sign of the cross?
2 months ago
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#27376
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The typical sign of the cross ends at the level of the heart because it is a path of devotion, which is not inherently demonic. It is merely exoteric.

The Gnostic form of the cross reaches the sexual organs, because it is an initiatic path and is therefore more comprehensive, including the four ways.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

1 month ago
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#27417
So then the Eastern Orthodox sign of the cross of crossing themselves from right shoulder (chesed) to left shoulder(Geburah) is wrong? Does it invite demonic forces to ourselves if we cross ourselves that way?
1 month ago
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#27405
The cross is performed from top to bottom (the head: the Father, the heart: the Son, and the sexual organs: Holy Spirit). Then you cross from your left shoulder (Geburah) over your heart (Tiphereth) to your right shoulder (Chesed).

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

2 months ago
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#27403
I understand but when one is crossing horizontally from shoulder to shoulder, should one do it from left to right like Roman Catholics do or should one do do it from right to left like the Eastern Orthodox Christians do?

I apologize if this is a trivial question but I am quite afraid to do an incorrect practice that can lead to unintended consequences.😬
Almustafa selected the reply #27376 as the answer for this post — 2 months ago
2 months ago
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#27376
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The typical sign of the cross ends at the level of the heart because it is a path of devotion, which is not inherently demonic. It is merely exoteric.

The Gnostic form of the cross reaches the sexual organs, because it is an initiatic path and is therefore more comprehensive, including the four ways.

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

2 months ago
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#27373
So for many centuries, the eastern orthodoxy has been doing the wrong way to do the sign of the cross? If one does the sign of the cross the orthodox way by crossing the shoulders from right to left, does it symbolize evil or something demonic?
2 months ago
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#27362

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

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