Why do the faithful
traditionally sign themselves three times for the reading of the Gospel at Mass?
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traditionally sign themselves [e.g. trace a little cross (+) with one's right
thumb] three times for the reading of the Gospel as follows: "once on the forehead to
show belief in the Gospel, once on the mouth to show respect for the Gospel in
speech, and once over the heart to show our love for the Gospel."
Note: It is
customary to SILENTLY recite an aspiration such as "May the Lord be always on my
mind (+), always on my lips (+), and always in my heart (+)" while signing oneself.
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