Making the Sign of the Cross
With your right hand:
- touch your forehead
- touch your heart
- touch your left shoulder and then touch your right shoulder
Nine points within the Mass you make the sign of the cross:
- At the words, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen"
- At the words of Absolution or forgiveness of sins, after the General Confession
- At the beginning of the Gospel reading*
- At the end of the prayer for the dead in the intercessions
- (During the Prayer of Consecration) When the Consecrated Host is raised, and
- When the Chalice is raised
- At Holy Communion, before receiving the Host, and
- before receiving the Chalice
- When the priest pronounces the final blessing
It is good practice when entering or leaving a church to dip a finger in and make the sign of the Cross with water. This will remind you of your Baptism and Confirmation in which you were signed with the sign of the Cross.
When we make the sign of the Cross, we are reminding ourselves that what Christ did on the Cross 'He did for me' personally!