gestures and signs
nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Fri Feb 4 04:06:06 UTC 2005
>_sign of the cross_ (OED: c1290). Is there any indication of what
>Anglo-Saxons called it?
>barnhart at highlands.com
According to _A Thesaurus of Old English_
bletsung, cristelmae:l, cru:c, ha:lig ro:de ta:cen, ro:d, ro:de tq:cen
to 'make the sign of the cross" was
(ge)bletsian, (ge)mercian mid ... ro:de, (ge)segnian
My copy of Clark-Hall _A concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary_ translates
these back into ModEng as
'consecration, blessing, benediction, favor of God'; [=
cri:stesmae:l] 'Christ's mark, the cross'; 'cross', [written
rodetacen] 'holy sign of the cross'; 'sign of the cross'
'consecrate, ordain, bless, give thanks, adore, extol, sign with the
cross, pronounce or make happy'; [= mearcian] 'mark with ... cross',
'to make the sign of the cross, cross oneself, consecrate, bless'
It also gives wyrcan cristesmael for 'to make the sign of the cross'.
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