I remember a time prior to the mid 1970’s when Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday whereby the faithful came up the aisles with a priest, deacon or altar boy holding a relatively small (“Crucifix”) and you venerated the crucifix by kissing the legs or feet of Jesus on the Cross and the priest, deacon or altar boy wiped the Crucifix with a purificator.
Today we have a Corpse-less black painted wood plank in the form of a cross in a stand and everybody comes up places there hand for a few seconds of reflection and returns to their pew.
Is something missing. Is it because parishioners are concerned kissing a real blessed crucifix will create too many germs. If people are into this mode of thinking you might as well tout the same reason why some won’t drink from the chalice at communion time.
Maybe I’m getting too old and old-fashioned I don’t know.
But a black painted corpse-less wood plank cross not even blessed seems so cold a symbolic gester.