The participants of A Biblical Walk Through the Mass would like to share some of what they are learning from this incredible program.
Session Two: The Introductory Rites
The Sign of the Cross - The Sign of the Cross is not simply a way to begin praying. It is itself a powerful prayer that can pour out tremendous belssings on our lives. in making this sign, we invoke God's presence and invite him to bless us, assist us, and guard us from all harm. while signing ourselves, we call on God's name, saying, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." To call upon God's name is to invoke His presence and His power. At the start of the Liturgy, we invite God into our lives in a profound way, consecrating the next hour of our lives to the Lord and saying that everything we do in the Mass we do in His name. In exploring the biblical roots of the Sign of the Cross, which gives us a deeper understanding of this prayer, the more we will want to tap the spiritual power God has in store for us each time we sign ourselves and say, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit," especially at the start of every Mass. Given all that this ritual means, we should always make every Sign of the Cross with careful attention and reverence.