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What does it mean to venerate the cross?


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2012-04-06 07:36:53
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The "Veneration of the Cross" is a specific ceremony in the Good Friday liturgy as well as a simple devotional practice that can be preformed by the faithful.

Venerating a cross is simply the humble act of kissing a crucifix. It must be a crucifix and not a bare cross; if the body of Jesus Christ - called a "corpus" - is not represented on the cross, then this is not a crucifix and you cannot therefore make a true veneration. In many modern churches a bare cross is used in the Good Friday service; this is an erroneous practice. During a Good Friday service, when it is time in the ceremony, people line up to venerate the cross just as they would do if they were going to Communion.

If you have a crucifix at home and out of personal devotion you kiss it, this is also properly called a veneration of the cross. The customary place to venerate the cross is the feet of the corpus. During a Good Friday service, if you have an open wound or sickness that can be communicated by the mouth, you may venerate the cross by placing your right hand upon the feet of the corpus for a moment.

There is one exception to rule above when a cross can properly be used in place of a crucifix: any cross that contains a relic of the true cross - that is an actual piece of the cross Jesus Christ died upon at Calvary - does not have to have a corpus upon it. The correct way to venerate this type of rare cross is to kiss the glass reliquary behind which the fragment is visible. If no reliquary is visible, the exact spot for veneration is not important, though kissing the foot of the cross is customary.


During the Good Friday Liturgy of the Catholic Faith, Veneration of the Cross IS ONLY supposed to be a cross, NOT a crucifix. The accompany intonation is "Behold the WOOD of the Cross".

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Yes, anyone can venerate the Cross.

On Good Friday is the formal ceremony in which Catholics venerate the Holy Cross. However, a Catholic should venerate a Crucifix anytime that he walks in front of it, and the clergy and altar servers venerate the Crucifix when approaching and leaving the altar if the Blessed Sacrament is not reserved in the sanctuary.

Catholics venerate the Cross every time that they pass in front of it, but there is a special veneration during the Good Friday liturgy in which every one comes forward and kisses the Cross.

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Roman Catholic AnswerTo venerate is to show respect for, admiration, awe, etc. It is NOT worship. One venerates the Cross as the way that God chose to accomplish our salvation. Another Christian AnswerVeneration of objects like the Cross depends upon one's particular tradition. Roman Catholics venerate the Cross, as stated above, as it is an object that represents our salvation through the death of Jesus Christ.This veneration also occurs in other denominations,notably the Orthodox Church and in some Anglican Churches.It is certainly NOT 'worship' of the object as this would be idolatry, but merely an act of respect for a symbol of Christ's sacrifice and salvation for us.However, in some (usually Protestant) denominations, and in some, more evangelical, Anglican Churches, the Cross is not venerated in this way. Although they accept that the Cross is a symbol of salvation, and is itself not to be worshipped but to be honoured, they regard bowing to such an object as possibly leading to idolatry, especially if the original meaning of the veneration is superceded by the veneration of the object itself.

The ancient Mayans would venerate their gods with human sacrifices. Every year the downed plane's survivors gathered at the tomb of the pilot to venerate him for his selfless acts that saved the lives of so many.

Jehovah's Witnesses do NOT believe that Jesus died on a cross they believe Jesus died for all mankind to save us from our sins but they believe he died on an upright stake (with a single beam of wood). They do not wear or venerate crosses.

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