Paschal Triduum

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Hmmm...I think he goes a little further than the rubrics do.

He says:

This is made clear by the rubrics which, in one form of the rite, describe how this cross may be progressively unveiled, showing first the top of the cross but not the face, then the right arm, and finally the entire body

I immediately consulted a sacramentary. The rubrics are not at all clear, they never use the word crucifix, they always use the word cross, they never refer to arm, face or body.

Is he looking at a different book?

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I agree, Father. My parish has always used a cross, not a crucifix, and my priest is very conservative when it comes to the rubrics and he is also the director of my diocese's Office of Worship.

I was always under the impression that the cross, without the Corpus, was meant to symbolize Christ's being taken down from the Cross -- His Death, and His absence.

Apologies for the long post (can you tell we discussed this at a litrugy meeting recently?)

I agree, what rubrics is HE reading? but I think it's clear that either can be used, it should be a non-issue (that's what irks me, anyone insisting on HIS way; not having a preference, but insisting ones own preference is somehow de rigeur for anyone else.)


Issued by NCCB/USCC (Now USCCB), November 16, 2000.
Copyright 2000, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc.

Built of Living Stones:
Art, Architecture, and Worship
Guidelines of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday
83 The celebration of the Lord's passion on Good Friday has its particular spatial requirements. After the proclamation of the passion and the General Intercessions, the entire assembly rise to venerate the cross or crucifix.104 The cross used for the veneration preferably should be of sufficient size to be held easily, be carried in procession, and be venerated. After the veneration, the cross remains in the sanctuary

From a Catholc New Service article on the US Bishops' passage of "Built of Living Stones"

When it came time for floor debate, only five proposed amendments were singled out for separate debate and all those were voted down.

The only extensive debate came on whether the guidelines should express a preference for a crucifix over a plain cross for the Good Friday veneration of the cross.

The original text sent to the bishops before the meeting said the assembly ``rises to venerate the cross, which should be a crucifix, if possible.''

As a result of modifications proposed by mail before the meeting, that was changed to read, ``rises to venerate the cross or crucifix.''

Bishop Robert J. Baker of Charleston, S.C., proposed revising it to say, ``rises to venerate the cross, which should preferably be a crucifix.''

Archbishop Lipscomb replied that the Good Friday rite calls for the people to venerate the ``wood of the cross.'' He said the committee favored ``cross or crucifix'' because the Vatican's general instruction does not indicate a preference for either over the other for that rite.

Cardinal Bernard F. Law of Boston favored the amendment. He said widespread use of a crucifix for that rite in the United States is an expression of the piety of the people and ``I would hope we would maintain that preference.''

Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, N.J., opposed the amendment. He said he believes in use of a crucifix rather than plain cross in general, but for the Good Friday rite the ``contrast'' of using a plain cross highlights the fact that people are to venerate ``the wood: It is the wood on which the Lord was hung.''
The general instruction does not differentiate between '"cross" and "crucifix," that is, it refers to that which it has clearly described as bearing a corpus as a "cross."

308. There is also to be a cross, with the figure of Christ crucified upon it, either on the altar or near it, where it is clearly visible to the assembled congregation. It is appropriate that such a cross, which calls to mind for the faithful the saving Passion of the Lord, remain near the altar even outside of liturgical celebrations.

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