Why Do Catholics Do That?
Make the Sign of the Cross
It introduces and closes prayers; it is a prayer in itself; it can be made with or without words. It reminds us of the two central realities of our faith: who God is (the Trinity) and what God has done for us (the Cross).READ MORE
Kneel at Mass
“Kneeling … comes from the Bible and its knowledge of God.” In particular, “Saint Luke… tells us that Jesus prayed on His knees. This prayer, the prayer by which Jesus enters into His Passion, is an example for us.”READ MORE
Revere the Tabernacle
It is a sign of reverence and worship as we pass the Eucharist in the Tabernacle to genuflect on the right knee. If the tabernacle were empty, we would not genuflect to it.LEARN MORE
Strike the Breast
We strike our breast”, declares St. Jerome, “because the breast is the seat of evil thoughts: we wish to dispel these thoughts, we wish to purify our hearts.”READ MORE
Sign with Holy Water
It is meant to be a reminder of our Baptism and provides an opportunity to leave behind the secular and enter into the sacred.READ MORE
Pray the Rosary
The Rosary is a combination of vocal and mental prayer, during which one reflects on the important events in the life of Jesus and Mary.READ MORE
Stand for the Gospel
The Gospel is the Word of God and to hear it is a great honor therefore the faithful stand.READ MORE
What Do Those Symbols Really Mean?
A symbol of sacrifice and atonement since Jesus dies for the sins of the world.
1 Corinthians 1:23
…but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles…
Alpha and Omega
The first and last letters of the Greek alphbet have been used since the fourth century as symbols expressing the confidence in the scriptural proofs of God.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
One of the oldest Christian symbols used to identify each other as Christians or to mark secret meeting place in times of persecution. The Greek word for fish is “Ichthus”, which is also an acronym for Jesus.
Iesous CHristos THeou Uios Soter
Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior
The metaphorical keys to the kingdom of heaven, given to St. Peter by Jesus Christ.
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…
Check out the typology on this symbol in the Old Testament