A crucifix is a cross with an illustration of Jesus' body or corpus. It emphasizes Christ's sacrifice—his death by crucifixion, his subsequent resurrection, and the grace and rebirth that he offers to believers. This history of the crucifix goes back to the beginning of Christianity, and Christ's death on the cross. On the other hand, it was initially seen as a grotesque symbol, a sign of death. It was only over time that the crucifix, through its many phases, was imbued with the importance it now holds for Christian believers.
The crucifix is a reminder of the trials and tribulations that human beings face and the hope that comes from the redemption offered through Christ's death on the cross to those who believe. It is a fusion of art and faith and has been a consistent symbol of Catholicism for over 1500 years.
Item No.: MV-J8080
- Image of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
- Lords Prayer Crucifix Gold Over Sterling Silver w/ 24" Gold Plated Brass Chain.
- Dimension: 1-5/8"
- It comes in a deluxe gift box.
- Made in the USA.
Story & Symbolism:
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the crucifix is a sacramental, a "sacred sign" instituted by the church that prepares Catholics to receive God's grace. For example, Catholics believe that gazing at the crucifix during prayer will help stimulate feelings of hope, love, and trust. According to the catechism, a sacramental draws its power from the paschal mystery which is central to the Catholic faith and refers to Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection.
- Adams, A. Why Does the Catholic Church Use a Crucifix?
- The Vatican: Catechism of the Catholic Church
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