Why do we use our right hand instead of our left hand to make the sign of the cross? - Catholic News Service

Why do we use our right hand instead of our left hand to make the sign of the cross?

The right hand, probably in part due to the fact that most people are right-handed, is traditionally the hand of blessing and greeting in many cultural settings, a convention found in Scripture and Tradition. For example, Jesus places the sheep on his right hand but the goats on his left; he himself is “seated at the right hand of the Father”; at God’s “right hand are blessings forevermore”; and so on. In sacred images, Jesus is depicted raising his right hand in blessing. Even today, we use our right hand for handshakes or salutes, we are familiar with the phrase “the right hand of fellowship” and so forth.

By contrast, the left hand has in many cultures a very different set of traditional associations (for example, it is often designated for personal hygiene; the word sinister is derived from the Latin for left-handed; etc.). For all these reasons, it is natural that the sign of the cross has traditionally been made with the right hand.

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  1. Andy Dissident Cross Reply

    Or most of clergy are right wing conservatives

  2. Ngozi ugwu Reply

    That’s true

  3. Anna Panarasi Reply

    What about naturally left handed people? They do everything with their left hand, why force them do it with their right hand?m

  4. Mary Isa garayua no Reply

    I’m lefty all my life. I use my right to do the sign of the cross. However they use to tell us that lefty don’t go to heaven. Is that so?

    1. Margarett RBC Zavodny Reply

      Being right or left handed has nothing to do with whether or not one goes to heaven.

  5. Ejembi peter Reply

    It depends on your relationship with God through his son,and above all living ur life for God alone come what may.

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