Reason # 10.
Too Hard to Remember How to Write my Name
Some Episcopal clergy practice a interesting tradition when writing out their name, especially on formal documents like marriage licenses and baptismal certificates, letters of admonition, or rejection letters to aspiring bishops. If one is a priest, then one places a small cross after their name (I hope I am getting this right), eg. Seth Polley + . If one is a bishop, then one places a small cross before their name, + Seth Polley. If one is a deacon, I don’t know where they place the cross. My mother has been a deacon for a many, many years. I don’t think she has placed a cross anywhere in her name. She has lived with Christ in her heart for many years, however.
I would have never remembered where to put the damn thing, the small cross. I get confused, especially when I’m in a rush. That’s why I have a tortoise tattooed on my right wrist, to help me to remember patience. I think its working.