The “sign of the cross” is a true and powerful prayer: do it and remember Who lives within you
On the day of our Baptism, the minister says, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” At that moment the divine Trinity begins to dwell in us.
It is the very name of God that we remember every time we do in ourselves the sign of the cross, explained Benedict XVI in a speech on the Most Holy Trinity.
“We do it before the prayer, so that it … puts us spiritually in order; focus on God thoughts, heart and will; then prayer, so that what God has given us will remain in us … He embraces all being, body and soul … and everything becomes consecrated in the name of the one and triune God, “said theologian Romano Guardini.
“In the sign of the cross and in the name of the living God, therefore, is contained the announcement that generates faith and inspires prayer,” Benedict XVI wrote.
The pope emeritus further indicated that we should make this prayer of St. Ilaria de Poitiers ours:
“Keep this straight faith that is in me uncontaminated, and to my last breath give me also this voice of my conscience, so that I may remain faithful to what I professed in my regeneration, when I was baptized in the Father, the Son and in the Holy Spirit. ”
Make the sign of the cross, calm down, be spiritually ordered and concentrate on God your thoughts, your heart, your sufferings and difficulties. And then ask for the protection of the Holy Trinity to continue your day well.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen! – to be should be done with the greatest reverence, conscience, faith and love, because it expresses our faith in the Mystery of the Holy Trinity, the core of the Christian faith, God in himself. It should be done with the right hand, taking it from the forehead to the belly, and the left shoulder to the right.