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Andreas Andreopoulos, Foreword by Frederica Mathewes-Green

The Sign of the Cross: The Gesture, the Mystery, the History


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Explore the mystery of the ancient gesture that invites the Cross of Christ into our lives

Millions ofChristians 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, duringworship, before sleep, upon waking, before eating, before travel, and many other times throughout the day. But, what does it mean? Where did it originate? What did the sign of the Cross mean to the first Christians, and how has this simple movement of the hand evolved over the centuries?

The sign of the Cross is literally a tracing of the Cross of Christonto the body. By so doing, Christians invite the mystery of the Cross into their everyday lives. Now and for thefirst time, young Greek scholar Andreas Andreopoulos explains the tremendous meaning, mystery, and history of this dramatic gesture shared by Christians worldwide. This readable account will fascinate and inspire all who desire to know more about the inherited spiritual practices ofeveryday life.

Andreas Andreopoulos was born in Greece in 1966 and 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 under Fr. Andrew Louth and has taught in Toronto, Montreal, and Philadelphia. He is currently Lecturer of Christian Theology at the University of Wales.

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Andreas Andreopoulos, Foreword by Frederica Mathewes-Green

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