A crucifix is a sacramental. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that:
1677 Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church. They prepare men to receive the fruit of the sacraments and sanctify different circumstances of life.
1678 Among the sacramentals blessings occupy an important place. They include both praise of God for his works and gifts, and the Church's intercession for men that they may be able to use God's gifts according to the spirit of the Gospel.
1679 In addition to the liturgy, Christian life is nourished by various forms of popular piety, rooted in the different cultures. While carefully clarifying them in the light of faith, the Church fosters the forms of popular piety that express an evangelical instinct and a human wisdom and that enrich Christian life.
Full Article: The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Sacramentals.
Bible Verses on Sacramentals John Salza lists and explains Bible verses on oral tradition. Check it out at ScriptureCatholic.com .
Visit the Bible Christian Society website for more apologetics from John Martignoni.
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