Why Is There A Crucifix, Rather Than A Plain Cross, In Catholic Churches?

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Q: Why Is There A Crucifix, Rather Than A Plain Cross, In Catholic Churches?

Isn’t Christ’s work on the cross finished?

A: If all of Christ’s work was truly finished, we would all be either in heaven or hell right now, there would be no more death, no more sickness, no more sin, likely no more need for the Church, and eternity would be an earthly reality.

That’s obviously NOT the case.

There’s a crucifix in every Catholic Church, because as the priest “lifts up” the body and blood of Jesus Christ to God, in Heaven, the crucifix reminds us that we are participating in the very same one time, once for all sacrifice, in which Jesus was “lifted up” on the cross.

For this reason … a cross, complete with the likeness of the crucified body of Jesus (crucifix with corpus) must be prominently displayed above the altar, or in the sanctuary. 

Photo Courtesy of Bob & Fran B.