How do we bless ourselves?

In order to make the sign of the cross, we place our thumb, index finger and middle finger of our right hand together.  These three fingers represent the three Persons of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  When the fingers are placed together, they represent the Holy Trinity itself, one God in three Persons.  We curl the last two fingers into our palm.  These two fingers represent the two natures of Christ, His Divine nature, and His human nature.

Symbolic of the Holy Trinity and the Natures of God

We bless ourselves starting at the forehead, moving down to the center of the chest, then touching the right shoulder, then the left shoulder, and finally ending in the middle of the chest again, all the while saying, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Start of Blessing oneself

Son sits at the Right hand of the Father.

We celebrate the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and bless ourselves 32 times during the Divine Liturgy, symbolic of the age of Jesus Christ when he was crucified on the cross.