Hippolytus on the Sign of the Cross

November 3, 2008 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

From the Apostolic Tradition:

“But imitate Christ at all times, signing your forehead with sincerity.  This is the sign of his passion, shown and proven against the devil, if you make it faith, not in order to be seen by others, but knowingly setting it forward as a shield.  For, when the adversary sees that its power comes from the heart, because it shows forth publicly the image of baptism, he is put to flight.  He flies, not because of your spittle, but because the Spirit within you blows him away.  When Moses made this sign, rubbing the blood of the slain paschal lamb on the lintels of the doorposts, he signified the faith which we now have in the perfect Lamb.”

– Quoted in For All the Saints: A Prayerbook For and By the Church, American Lutheran Publicity Bureau

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