Cross Train Your Faith
DID YOU KNOW so many of us have forgotten many of the little things we as Catholics should and should not be doing in Church. For the next few weeks we will discuss them in the hope that memories will be jogged for those who have forgotten and that those who never learned will find this helpful.
Let’s start with entering the Church. When we walk into the church, we dip our fingers into the holy water font near the door and then make the sign of the cross. But why do we do that?
The holy water reminds us of our baptism and our union with Christ. The imagery of “washing” helps us to remember that we need to be cleansed and forgiven for our sins. At our baptism the priest or deacon said “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” while pouring water on our head or immersing us in the baptismal water.
When we dip our finger into the holy water font at the entrance to the church and make the sign of the cross, we are touching our forehead (our mind), our shoulders and our heart with a sacramental while saying “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” as we bless and remind ourselves that we are baptized children of God. We will discuss what a sacramental is in another session.
This information is brought to you by the Cross Train Your Faith Ministry in the hope that it will be helpful in your practice of our beautiful Catholic faith.