The Crucifix — Why Displaying It in Your Home Matters

Crucifix in the Home

The crucifix is one of the most recognizable images in the world and for many it evokes a range of emotions. The crucifix is a powerful image. Unlike a simple cross, the wall crucifix features the figure of Christ being crucified. This raw, visual reminder of how much Jesus suffered can be difficult to look at. Yet, as sorrowful as this image is, it’s also a beautiful, triumphant image. It reminds us that Jesus’ suffering was for our benefit—our sins will be forgiven and we will gain everlasting life; after our death, we’ll experience no more pain, suffering, sadness, or anything bad.

How many times have you said, “I promise I’ll pray every day and thank Jesus for his suffering?”

As humans, we’re so busy juggling the demands of our busy lives that we often make promises we can’t keep. How many times have you said, “I promise I’ll pray every day and thank Jesus for his suffering?” Like the rest of us, probably plenty of times. Hanging a wall crucifix in your home serves as a visual reminder to stop, pray, and reflect. Looking at a crucifix is like splashing cold water on your face. It’s meant to remind you to wake up and truly remember what Jesus did for you.

St. Benedict Ornate Wall CrucifixThe crucifix also plays a supportive role in our lives. In this life we will all suffer tough times—no one is immune to life throwing a few rough patches or the proverbial “bump (or bumps) in the road.” During our most difficult times, we tend to think we are alone in our suffering. Friends and family offer their “support,” yet no one knows exactly what you’re going through, except Jesus. Who would know better than Jesus what suffering is like? Displaying a crucifix in your home is a soothing reminder that during life’s trials we’re not alone and “someone gets it.” What’s more, the crucifix reminds us that just like Jesus if you persevere through the difficult times, you’ll get through it and ultimately be rewarded. The next time you feel you’re all alone, look at your wall crucifix and know you’re definitely not.

History of the Crucifix

The crucifix has an interesting history. Crucifixes dating back to Emperor Constantine’s time (4th century A.D.) typically didn’t display Jesus suffering on the cross. For several centuries after Constantine, the crucifix depicted Jesus alive, with his eyes open and arms extended. The image of Jesus triumphing over evil and death was preferred over the image of Jesus in agony. Many Romanesque wall crucifixes showed Jesus wearing a royal crown; Gothic types later replaced the royal crown for a crown of thorns. It wasn’t until around the 9th century when artists began to depict the realistic aspects of Christ’s suffering and death.

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INRI - Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex IvdaeorvmAt the top of many crucifixes are the initials: I.N.R.I. The initials stand for the Latin phrase, Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum, meaning Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews. It was posted on the cross above Jesus’ head at the request of Pontius Pilate.

Display Your Crucifix

Where you display your wall crucifix in your home is a personal preference. Some people like to display it in their main living area, while others like to create a private area where they can sit in quiet reflection. Crucifixes come in many sizes, materials, colors, and finishes to complement your home décor or personal taste.

White Alabaster 16″ Wall Crucifix

White 16" Wall CrucifixThis beautiful white alabaster wall crucifix is an ideal size to adorn any wall.  Featuring the initials I.N.R.I at the top of the crucifix it is a classic depiction of the crucifixion of Christ.

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Resin Wall Crucifix – 20 3/4″

Resin Wall Crucifix - 20 3/4"This hand-painted wall crucifix is made of a durable resin/stone mix material and is designed with a gorgeous hand painted corpus. The dimensions of the crucifix are 20.75″H x 11″W x 2.25″D. Comes ready for hanging with hardware attached on the back.

Standing Crucifix in Brass – 13″H

Standing Crucifix in Brass - 13"HBeautiful standing crucifix crafted in shiny brass. Stands 13″H and would make a wonderful spiritual addition to your home or church. It features budded tips and a unique textured inlay. Mounted on top of an ornate three legged base; Made in Italy.

Prayer Before the Crucifix

The following prayer was written to be prayed before the crucifix and can be recited in your home:

Behold, O kind and most sweet Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Your sight, and with the most fervent desire of my soul I pray and beseech You that You would impress upon my heart lively sentiments of Faith, Hope, and Charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment, while with deep affection and grief of soul I ponder within myself and mentally contemplate Your five most precious Wounds; having before my eyes the words which David in prophecy spoke concerning Yourself, O good Jesus: “They have pierced my hands and feet; they have numbered all my bones.”

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Author: Laura Magnifico

Laura A. Magnifico is a freelance copywriter from Connecticut. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic school from kindergarten through high school. As an adult, she continues to practice her faith and enjoys writing on Catholic topics.

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  1. where can I get the seccon crucifix of st. Benito medal for the wall

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