Signs of Cross before Gospel

Question from von on 11/2/2007:

A friend of mine asked if we say anything while we make the sign of the Cross on our foreheads, lips and heart before the Gospel is read. She is Hispanic and she asked if we say anything special in english.


Answer by Rev. Mark J. Gantley, JCL on 11/2/2007:

There are no words to accompany this gesture.


  1. No words are spoken aloud but as you touch your forehead, lips and then the middle of your chest say to yourself: "Lord, may Your Words fill my mind, be on my lips, and in my heart always. Amen"

  2. By the sign of the Holy Cross delivrt us, Lord from our enemies. Amen