"he and his wife crossed themselves"
Ravenna mosaic. Jesus is portrayed gesturing a sign of the cross like a Christian priest giving a blessing
Public DomainRavenna mosaic. Jesus is portrayed gesturing a sign of the cross like a Christian priest giving a blessing - Credit: wikimedia commons

The sign of the cross is a Christian ritual hand-gesture that can be used in prayer and worship, to bless someone, or to ward off evil. It traces the shape of a cross in the air or over the body, symbolising the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified and died for mankind’s sins.