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The Sign of the Cross: The Gesture, the Mystery, the History
Paraclete Press / Paperback
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Millions of Christians around the world use the sign of the Cross and have done so for centuries as a gesture of blessing. It is practiced when alone, during worship, before sleep, upon waking, before eating, before travel, and many other times throughout one's day. But what does it mean? How, when, and where did this simple movement of the hand originate?
The sign of the Cross is literally a tracing of the Cross of Christ onto the body. By so doing, Christians invite the mystery of the Cross into their everyday lives. Now and for the first time, young Greek scholar Andreas Andreopoulos explains the tremendous meaning, mystery, and history of this dramatic gesture shared by all Christians everywhere. This readable account will fascinate all who desire to know more about the inherited spiritual practices of everyday life.
"This book is a little masterpiece: it informs and it explores, it recounts history and it provokes a religious quest. It is a personal book, yet it explores the great questions of theology; it is full of learning, but not ponderous; it is written from the perspective of faith, but is not off-putting to the inquirer."
-Thomas OLoughlin, Professor of Historical Theology
University of Wales Lampeter
"Andreopoulos explains the gesture and meaning and history of why Christianity has needed symbols and signs through the ages. Throughout, his writing is as inspiriting as a restorative benediction."
"The book succeeds at translating the significance of the sign of the Cross into something personal and immediate."
"The Christian of today grows quickly from the innocent child into adulthood and demands understanding of any simple behavior. Why to sign with the crossing? Where did this practice begin? When and how? Andreas Andreopoulos, with his book, helps to answer these questions…. [H]e immerses us into the illuminating obscurity of the Holy Tradition."
-Protopresbyter Kyrillos Leret-Aldir, Orthodox Christian Comment
Andreas Andreopoulos is recognized throughout the world as one of the most eloquent young scholars of Christianity. He earned his Ph.D. in theology at the University of Durham and has taught in Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia. He is currently Lecturer of Christian Theology at the University of Wales.
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