The hand of Christ shown in icons with crossed fingers is raised in blessing: “the fingers spell out spell out “IC XC”, a widely used four letter abbreviation of the Greek for Jesus (IHCOYC) Christ (XPICTOC)” – from this lovely blog: A Reader’s Guide to Orthodox Icons.
Christ Pantocrator from Haghia Sophia, Istanbul
I was wondering about whether this is partly why we cross our fingers for luck. Where I grew up, it was ‘unlucky’ to cross the fingers of both hands. I have no idea why.
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