I thought I would start the thread on time instead of half way through the season.
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9/20/10 at 5:10pm
For years my grandparents gave each newly married couple a beautiful Crucifix for their wedding gift. When DH and I got married my grandmother was no longer with us so my aunt and uncle gave us a crucifix from the same company. The figure of Jesus is the same but the way that He is painted is not. I believe that all current Crucifixes of this size and from this company are painted like ours is.... a new version.
My mom and her sisters lovingly refer to his new version and the "Scary Crucifix". It's the the most eye appealing because it is VERY bloody. and his body is one solid peachy color. His loin cloth is stark white. Yea, I know that Jesus was very "bloody" in real life. but the old version just looks better.
I was recently given my grandparents Crucifix.....the non "scary" one. My mom said that I should bury our wedding Crucifix.... no one likes looking at it.
What would you do with it? Bury it? Hang it in a less prominent place?
|The first guide is that when the nature of a blessed item is destroyed it is no longer blessed. When blessed candles, for example, are cut up, they are no longer candles, no longer blessed.
The same applies to other blessed articles. Unless one owns a warehouse, there’s a limit to how many crucifixes, statues, rosaries and holy pictures one can accumulate over the years. When they no longer have a use, it is proper to break or tear them and then discard them.
The church’s purpose in encouraging these sacramentals is to increase our faith and assist our spirit of prayer and devotion. When they have served that purpose, there’s no irreverence in disposing of them appropriately.