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Belost Belgium wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a PSR (Parish School of Religion) teacher and last night in church our DRE (Director of Religious Education) told us not to make the Sign of the Cross when we genuflect. She said it was redundant, as we signed ourselves when we entered the Church and blessed ourselves with holy water. Now, I am not a young man and when I was taught the faith, it was mandatory to sign ourselves with the Cross because the nuns wanted it that way.

I don't believe the DRE is correct in telling us not to make the Sign the Cross. I believe, that in signing ourselves, we should be reminding ourselves of our Baptism and worshipping the Trinity.
I believe it should be left up to the individual.

  • Is there a correct way?
  • And is she correct in telling us when and when not to sign ourselves?

Belost

  { Is our Director of Religious Education correct in telling us not to make the Sign of the Cross? }

Mary Ann replied:

Belost,

You are correct. It is customary, not mandatory, and it is up to the individual.
The DRE is overstepping her bounds.

The Sign of the Cross is made frequently during Mass.

Mary Ann

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