Making the Sign of the Cross is absolutely ancient, rooted not only in the Old Testament but the New.

The Catholic Sign of the Cross is absolutely ancient, rooted not only in the Old Testament but the New (Apocalypse speaks of those who have the sign of God in their foreheads — and those who have the sign of the Beast in their foreheads).

When Catholics undergo the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Bishop (sometimes a priest) seals the sign on our foreheads with holy chrism. St. John of Damascus wrote:

This was given to us as a sign on our forehead,
just as the circumcision was given to Israel:
for by it we believers are separated and distinguished from unbelievers.

Crossing one’s self recalls this seal, and the invocation that is said while making this holy sign calls on our God — the Father, His Son, and the Holy Ghost — and is a sign of our of belief; it is both a “mini-creed” that asserts our belief in the Triune God, and a prayer that invokes Him.

The use of holy water when making this sign, such as we do when we enter a church, also recalls our Baptism and should bring to mind that we are born again of water and Spirit, thanks be to God.

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Good advice … no matter where you live!

CAIRO: The head of Egypt’s Coptic church has urged his congregation to refrain from confessing their sins over the phone, which could be tapped by the security services, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

“Beware not to admit your sins over the telephone because all phone conversations are recorded by the state security services,” Pope Shenuda III was quoted as saying by the independent Al-Masri Al-Yawm paper.

“Otherwise you will have to go seek absolution in prison, from the police, rather than from your local priest,” the cleric told worshippers during a sermon in Alexandria on Sunday, according to the report.

According to the paper, Shenuda III was referring to Copts who are travelling abroad and those who have relocated to new addresses who often use the telephone to maintain contact with their local parish priest.

Two years ago the head of the Coptic church had warned that a confession made on the Internet is not valid “because everyone can see it and it is no longer secret.”

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Chilling Video for Apocalypse Aficionados

Chilling Video for Apocalypse Aficionados

Watch this “You Tube” video for what seems to be a real-time simulation of these verses, in the Book of Revelation:

 

Rev 8:1
And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven, as it were for half an hour.
Rev 8:2
And I saw seven angels standing in the presence of God: and there were given to them seven trumpets.
Rev 8:3
And another angel came and stood before the altar, having a golden censer: and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints, upon the golden altar which is before the throne of God.
Rev 8:4
And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel.
Rev 8:5
And the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar and cast it on the earth: and there were thunders and voices and lightnings and a great earthquake.
Rev 8:6
And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound the trumpet.
Rev 8:7
And the first angel sounded the trumpet: and there followed hail and fire, mingled with blood: and it was cast on the earth. And the third part of the earth was burnt up: and the third part of the trees was burnt up: and all green grass was burnt up.
Rev 8:8
And the second angel sounded the trumpet: and, as it were, a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea. And the third part of the sea became blood.
Rev 8:9
And the third part of those creatures died which had life in the sea: and the third part of the ships was destroyed.
Rev 8:10
And the third angel sounded the trumpet: and a great star fell from heaven, burning as it were a torch. And it fell on the third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters:
Rev 8:11
And the name of the star is called Wormwood. And the third part of the waters became wormwood. And many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Rev 8:12
And the fourth angel sounded the trumpet: and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars, so that the third part of them was darkened. And the day did not shine for a third part of it: and the night in like manner.
Rev 8:13
And I beheld: and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe, Woe, Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, by reason of the rest of the voices of the three angels, who are yet to sound the trumpet!

 

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