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Should there be a crucifix in the sanctuary?

Full Question

Our church has a large cross with a figure of the risen Christ attached but no crucifix. Even the processional cross has the risen Christ. Shouldn’t there be a crucifix near the altar?

Answer

The General Instruction of the Roman Missal instructs that there must be a cross (with a crucified corpus) on or near the altar, “positioned either on the altar or near it, and . . . clearly visible to the people gathered there” (GIRM 308). In the case where a crucifix is not in the sanctuary, the processional cross with the figure of Christ crucified upon it would be an option.









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  1. John Milliot Reply

    Did not address the “crucified” Christ on the crucifix. I do not see how the “Risen Christ” qualifies as a crucifix.

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