Sign of the Cross before meals?

August 31, 2017
Pope Benedict On The Sign Of The Cross


Why and what is the significance of the sign of the cross in public before eating a meal?


At baptism the Lord claimed us as his own by marking us with the Sign of the Cross. Now, when we sign ourselves, we are affirming our loyalty to him. By tracing the cross on our foreheads, we are declaring that we belong to him alone (see Lk 9:23). Making the sign of the cross is the way Catholics have started their prayers since the early Church. The Christian writer Tertullian (160 A.D.- 225 A.D) wrote for Fathers to teach sons: "In all our travels, in our coming in and going out, in putting on our clothes and our shoes, at table, in going to rest, whatever we are doing we mark our forehead with the sign of the cross." 1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NAB) “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected when received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the invocation of God in prayer.” The bible tells us to b