Pastor's Message - Church Crucifix Above the Altar in the Sanctuary
Oct 9, 2018
Saint Francis of Assisi Church
October 10, 2018
On this occasion of our Parish's 40th Anniversary, we already accomplished two of our four goals for the Church. With your generous support and in consultation with the Parish Councils and Committees, first, the Church kneelers were refurbished and second, the new, permanent Baptismal Font was custom built and installed. The third step is the erection fo the new Church Crucifix above the Altar in the Sanctuary.
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, which is the official guide for the Church Liturgy, states,
"There is to be a cross, with the figure of Christ Crucified upon it, clearly visible to the assembled congregation. It is appropriate such a cross, which calls to mind for the faithful the saving Passion of the Lord, remain visible even outside of liturgical celebrations" (No. 308).
At present, there is the statue of the Risen Christ without the Cross. The Church directs us to have a prominent Crucifix visible above the Altar of Sacrifice for good reasons. The Crucifix and the Altar are in relation to each other. The central focus is the Crucifix, the Tabernacle, and the Altar of Sacrifice. In the Sanctuary are the Tabernacle, the Consecrated Oils, the Baptismal Font, the Book of the Gospels, and the Priest's Chair.
The Catholic Church uses signs, symbols, and rituals. The CRUCIFIX is THE symbol of our Catholic Faith. Every day and every Sunday, we offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The sum total of the MISSION of Christ is in the Crucifix. On the Cross Jesus said, "It is accomplished." The most glorified form of Jesus Christ our Savior while on this earth is the Crucifixion. As we gaze at it, we contemplate the Face of Christ Crucified.
Hung prominently in our Parish Center is our beautiful Risen Christ statue -- visible for all to see as one enters the Hall. For more information, CLICK HERE to read "The Crucifix at the Altar" by Father Mauro Gagliardi and HERE for "Pastor York's Comments on the Church Crucifix". When discussed in various meetings throughout the Parish, many parishioners had comments regarding the Church Crucifix, to view the comments CLICK HERE.
Sincerely in the Lord,
Fr. Richard York, your Pastor