- Dec 4, 2002
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- East Coast, USA
http://www.orthodox.net/articles/about-crossing-oneself.htmlThe Catholic Encyclopedia states that in the Roman Catholic Church, the faithful crossed themselves from right to left, just as the Orthodox do, until the 15th or 16th century. They must explain why they have changed an ancient and apostolic tradition. We cannot answer as to their motivations.
I've heard Oriental Orthodox priests say that we've crossed ourselves from left to right from the beginning. How can we reconcile that with the above? Which is truly the older way?