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Orthodox using one finger for crossing themselves


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#1 Angie

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:03 PM

I would like to know if anyone know why some orthodox cross themselves with the first finger, after the thumb?

 

I know orthodox use the three, but some people use the one.

 

Or it could be me, thinking I saw that


Edited by Angie, 16 June 2014 - 10:04 PM.


#2 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 10:24 PM

I have never heard of Orthodox Christians using only one finger to make the cross and on any account it is wrong. The ancient method, continued by the Russian Old Rite and Old Believers, is to use two fingers, whilst the more recent (since the time of Patriarch Nikon, and affirmed as Orthodox by St Seraphim of Sarov) is to use the thumb and first two fingers as most Orthodox Christians do today.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:17 AM

okay thank you



#4 Kosta

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:54 AM

Angie, you maybe thinking of the Copts, OO User only one finger.

Neither EO nor the russian old ritualists use just one finger. In fact both employ all five fingers in that the 3 fingers are held together to represent the consubstantial Trinity, and the two fingers representing the human and divine natures of Christ.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 03:42 AM

Yes, your probably right or I need some glasses!






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