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Dom DeLorenzo wrote:

Hi, guys —

Occasionally, I have seen people at my church and other places, kissing their hand in a fist-like manner after making the Sign of the Cross.

  • What does this kissing symbolize?
  • It seems like a very respectful thing to do, so what is the proper method for doing it?

Thanks,

Dom

  { What does kissing your hand in a fist-like manner after making the Sign of the Cross symbolize? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Dom —

Usually it is Latino Catholics who perform that gesture.

I believe is a modern devotion that derives from the traditional Catholic custom of kissing the crucifix of Rosary beads after making the Sign of the Cross at the end of the Rosary.

Mary Ann

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