Why a crucifix?


#1

How can one explain why Catholics have the corpus of Christ on their crucifixes and not a bare cross?

Thanks,
Shirley


#2

Dear Shirley,

Catholics have the body of Christ depicted on the cross because He died on the cross. It is His death on the cross that makes the cross a relevant symbol for Christians. We don’t hang pictures of a person’s house or bedroom on our wall. We hang a picture of the person! It does make sense to have a crucifix as well as just the cross.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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