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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Vintage Thingie Thursday.

We received this crucifix 51 years as a wedding gift.
It hangs on my bedroom wall.
Catholics almost always hang it over their bed or in the bedroom somewhere.
That, however, is a tradition that one does not see often in Catholic homes any more.

The cross is a symbol of Christianity but the
Crucifix is uniquely Catholic.
The difference is there is a figure of Christ on the crucifix and the cross is plain.

Why the debate about a plain cross as opposed to a crucifix?

Would you be surprised if I mentioned the English
monarchy?


What I found is too long to put on this post.

I looked up crucifix vs plain cross
if one is interested in reading.



The crucifix is a typical one that you would find in a Catholic home.
Before 1972 the last sacrament of the church was called
Extreme Unction.
It was administered in one's life when death was imminent.
As the years went by and more folks were able to recover from what was onetime considered a terminal illness, the Church decided the sacrament should be available to people who were ill at anytime instead to waiting to the end of life.
It is now called Anointing of The Sick.
The picture above shows my cross open. You see the candles  and Holy Water to be used for a visit from the priest to the bedside of the dying faithful.
As you can see it has never been used.

Since 1972, the Roman Catholic Church uses the name Anointing of the Sick both in the English translations issued by the Holy See of its official documents in Latin[2] and in the English official documents of Episcopal conferences.[3] It does not, of course, forbid the use of other names, for example the more archaic term "Unction of the Sick" or the term "Extreme Unction". Cardinal Walter Kasper used the latter term in his intervention at the 2005 Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.[4] However, the Church declared that "'Extreme unction' ... may also and more fittingly be called 'anointing of the sick'" (emphasis added),[5] and has itself adopted the latter term, while not outlawing the former. This is to emphasize that the sacrament is available, and recommended, to all those suffering from any serious illness, and to dispel the common misconception that it is exclusively for those at or very near the point of death.


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6 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Still very much a tradition here in Italy :)

art2cee2 said...

My mother always had a crucifix in her bedroom, and also some icons. She was a very religious woman. I am Greek Orthodox and my husband is Catholic, and I can see that these two religions are pretty much the same! :-)

LV said...

How interesting. I am not familiar with the Catholic traditions. I enjoyed learning somethings from your post.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Very informative post Peggy...a beautiful cross indeed...
Karla

My Grama's Soul said...

I LOVE what you say in your header....just wanted you to know that!!

Jo

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Peggy,
I loved your post. Very educative. Your crucifix is a treasure!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for your kind comment.

Blessings.

Doris