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June 16th, 2009, 05:52 AM
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So here's an 'odd' question for you - do you make the Sign of the Cross after receiving Communion?



Background... I always thought this was a 'custom', a part of Mass that wasn't required but that was sort-of recommended, something that people do after receiving Communion. But then, this past Sunday, our priest gave a little talk at the end about the proper way of receiving Communion. And as part of that, he said something like, "make sure to place the Host in your mouth right away, do not walk away with it, and do not make the Sign of the Cross before placing it in your mouth. And speaking of that, I already told you before that it makes no sense to make the Sign of the Cross at all; the Liturgy begins with the Sign of the Cross and ends with it. That's it. It makes no sense to do it in between. You can continue doing it, but it's NOT necessary either."

All the different parishes I've ever been to here in Toronto, I'd say 90% of the people do make the Sign of the Cross afterwards. How's it in your parish?
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June 16th, 2009, 07:43 AM
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I guess I haven't noticed. I don't make the sign of the cross, I just do the little bow before receiving, and I receive on the tongue. One hand is usually holding down Mary's hand so she doesn't flail around or grab at the hosts.
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June 16th, 2009, 09:22 AM
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I do, but that is what I was taught when I converted. My DH and IL's do it too.

We bow before receiving and cross after we place the host in our mouth.
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June 16th, 2009, 12:06 PM
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So here's an 'odd' question for you - do you make the Sign of the Cross after receiving Communion?



Background... I always thought this was a 'custom', a part of Mass that wasn't required but that was sort-of recommended, something that people do after receiving Communion. But then, this past Sunday, our priest gave a little talk at the end about the proper way of receiving Communion. And as part of that, he said something like, "make sure to place the Host in your mouth right away, do not walk away with it, and do not make the Sign of the Cross before placing it in your mouth. And speaking of that, I already told you before that it makes no sense to make the Sign of the Cross at all; the Liturgy begins with the Sign of the Cross and ends with it. That's it. It makes no sense to do it in between. You can continue doing it, but it's NOT necessary either."

All the different parishes I've ever been to here in Toronto, I'd say 90% of the people do make the Sign of the Cross afterwards. How's it in your parish?
I don't, but at our parish we don't say "Amen" afterwards either. I find it odd that the priest would say that about the sign of the cross. Making the sign of the cross is a prayer. In the Old Rite the sign of the cross is made repeatedly though mass.
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June 16th, 2009, 12:33 PM
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I do but most people I see in church do not. Some people bow before but most don't

I'm not sure when this happened and I'm the only person that does it that I know of so my brothers make fun of me for it but after the sign of the cross I make my thumb and pointer finger of my right hand into a cross and kiss it.
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June 16th, 2009, 09:04 PM
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I do but most people I see in church do not. Some people bow before but most don't

I'm not sure when this happened and I'm the only person that does it that I know of so my brothers make fun of me for it but after the sign of the cross I make my thumb and pointer finger of my right hand into a cross and kiss it.

My sister does that! Is it a cultural thing? I think my sister picked it up from some hispanic friends of hers
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