the sign of the cross

noun phrase

: a movement of the hand that forms a cross shape and that is done as an expression of the Christian faith
She knelt and made the sign of the cross.

Examples of the sign of the cross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like the sign of the cross or blowing on dice, a ritual is a prescribed sequence of gestures or words that make a moment sacred, holy. Mira Ptacin, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2023 The minister took off his peaked cap and made the sign of the cross according to Orthodox tradition. Dmitry Adamsky, Foreign Affairs, 14 June 2019 To Celts, a sudden gust of air — thought to be a mischievous fairy wind — awakens a deep-down stirring, and the pious would make the sign of the cross whenever the wind blew. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2023 The rays of Eternal Russia have made the sign of the cross on you! Vladimir Sorokin, Harper's Magazine, 13 July 2022

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“The sign of the cross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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