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The Sign of the Cross: 

The Gesture, The Mystery, The History

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(b. 1966)

Andreas Andreopoulos was born in Greece in 1966 and is recognized throughout the world as one of the most eloquent young scholars of Christianity.  

He earned his PH.D. in Theology at the University of Durham and has taught in Toronto, Montreal, and Philadelphia.  

He is currently Lecturer of Christian Theology at the University of Wales. ______________

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Published by Paraclete Press. ____________

Author: Andreas Andreapoulos

Foreward by: Frederica Matthewes-Greene

Explore the Mystery of the Ancient Gesture that Invites the Cross of Christ Into Our Lives

Millions of Christians around the world use the sign of the cross--and have done so for centuries--as a gesture of blessing.

It is practiced when alone, during worship, before sleep, upon waking, before eating, before travel, and many other times throughout the day.

But, what does it mean?

Where did it originate?

What did the sign of the cross mean to the first Christians, and how has this simple movement of the hand evolved over the centuries?

The sign of the cross is literally a tracing of the Cross of Christ onto the body.

By so doing, Christians invite the mystery of the cross into their everyday lives.

Now, and for the first time, young Greek scholar Andreas Andreapolous explains the tremendous meaning, mystery, and history of this dramatic gesture shared by Christians worldwide.

This readable account will fascinate and inspire all who desire to know more about the inherited spiritual practices of everyday life.

"Andreas Andreopoulos has written an unusual and immensely attractive book.

Taking the use of the sign of the cross, he explores its history and introduces us to its symbolism, showing how a simple sign draws us into a world of prayer and meaning.

This is a book that engages the reader on many levels."

-Fr. Andrew Louth (Orthodox priest and author of "The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition") ______________________________

Copyright 2006 by Andreas Andreopolous. ______________________________

Copyright 2009 S.G.P. All rights reserved. 

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"This appealing book provides us with many insights into the limitless, profound meaning of the sign of the cross.

It is my hope that it will acquaint many readers with a Christian custom that has roots deeper in the common history of our faith than anyone knows."

-Frederica Mathewes-Green (from the Foreword) ___________________________

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