A Holy Sign

A bow of the head

Bow from the waist

Curtsey genuflect

Whisper a prayer of blessing, Ma’am

Kiss of farewell instead

Solemn faces

Wipe a tear

Ever moving line

Then the RCs sign of the cross

There goes one of mine


Playing ‘Spot the Catholic’

Easy game to play

Sign of the cross is what we do

Even from our first day

Every tradition has its own

Sign of the cross is ours

All are signs of reverence

The Cross the Lord’s own power


It signifies his suffering

On Calvary that day

And pointed to our heavenly hope

As life blood flowed away

Better it is to suffer

Than cause another pain

For through this vale of suffering

The joys of God we gain


Brian Fahy

17 September 2022

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