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Signing ourselves at Gospel

​February 2, 2020


When the priest introduces the Gospel reading we make the sign of the cross on our forehead, lips and chest.  Each of these little crosses is a little blessing upon ourselves, reminding us of the supremacy of the Gospel reading over all other Scripture reading, since the Gospel is about Christ or the very words He spoke. We bless our forehead (or mind really) so that we may attentively ponder and understand the words we are about to hear, we bless our lips so that after we have heard the Gospel, we may be bold enough to proclaim it to others.  We bless our chest so that what we are about to hear, we may treasure in our heart and, hopefully, never forget.