Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Worthy Altar Cross

Pictures of an hand-carved/painted/gilded Altar Cross (Altarkreuz) which I just ordered and received, very pleased, from Germany.

Needed one for the Parish daily Mass chapel  altar versus populum, for the priest to consider during the Holy Sacrifice!

Sparing no expense. Hurry while the Euro is low!

I will put it on the Altar for the 5 PM Mass this evening and will there bless it (before those assembled before the Mass for the sanctification and edification of all!

SOLEMN BLESSING OF A CROSS (Collectio Rituum 1964)

   If a cross is to be exposed for public veneration, it should be solemnly blessed.

   V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
   R. Who made heaven and earth.
   V. The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

Let us pray. O holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God, bless this cross that it may be a saving help to mankind. Let it be a bulwark of faith, an encouragement to good works, the redemption of souls; and may it be consolation, protection, and a shield against the cruel darts of the enemy; through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

Let us pray. Bless, O Lord Jesus Christ, this cross by which you have snatched the world from Satan's grasp, and upon which you have overcome by your suffering him who is the prompter of sin, who rejoiced in Adam's deception at the accursed tree of Paradise. Here it is sprinkled with holy water. May this symbol of salvation be sanctified in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and may all who kneel and pray before this cross for our Lord's honor receive health in body and soul. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

   After this the priest, kneeling before the crucifix, devoutly venerates and kisses it, and others may do likewise.
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