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The Cross and Its Significance

You see it in miniature forms hanging from necks of men and women, more as a personal adornment rather than as an object of pious devotion. It has been tattooed on arms and chests, and printed on religious books and pamphlets. It also starts the rosary which is the longest, most popular, and most repetitious of prayers in Catholicism.

It is most prominent in its larger forms inside churches and their facades and spires, on landmarks, and cemeteries. Some of its forms show the figure of a man fixed on it, stripped almost naked, in intense shame, pain, and suffering, a man said to be the Lord Jesus Christ. The cross in this form is called a crucifix.

The sign of the cross is made before and after prayers with the right hand touching the forehead first, then the chest, the left shoulder, and finally the right shoulder, with the performer saying at the same time: "In the name the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."

The mark of the cross is also placed on the foreheads of Catholics on Ash Wednesday while the priest says: "Memente, homo, quia pulvis es et in pulverem reverteris," a Latin phrase which is translated as: "Remember, man, that you are dust and to dust you shall return."
The cross is used allegedly to drive away demons and evil spirits but strangely enough, a Catholic who passes by a Cathoilic church or chapel makes the sign of it. And with the frequent use of it and its display in so many places, demons and evil spirits should have but every few places left for them to rest on earth.

The cross was also used in the banners of the Crusades who, in the Middle Ages, warred against Muslims during the attempts to regain the Holy Land from the Seljuk Turks and even to massacre members of heretical organizations like the Albigensians and the Hussites.

What is the cross and what does it signify? What is it to pagans, to Catholics, and other so-called Christian churches, and to the Iglesia Ni Cristo?

And how do Catholics use the cross as a symbol? James Cardinal Gibbons says:

"It is also a very ancient and pious practice for the faithful to make on their persons the sign of the Cross, saying at the same time: 'In the name of the Father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost'. Tertullian, who lived in the second century of the Christian era, says: 'In all our actions, when we come in or go out, when we dress, when we wash, at our meals, before retiring to sleep... we form on our foreheads the sign of the cross'." (The Faith of Our Fathers,p.3.)

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