The word comes from the Latin, meaning “to bless”. In some of the churches a prayer of benediction is said in concluding a service. In the Catholic church, benediction usually refers to a specific service of prayer, in which a minister blesses the congregation by making the sign of the cross over them with a piece of bread (“host”) which has been consecrated in the Eucharist.
Let us know if your Deaf community or church use this sign. Please tell us where in Australia you are, and the name or denomination of your church.
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