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Should a crucifix be present in the sanctuary during Mass?

Question:

I seem to remember reading in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal that a crucifix showing Christ crucified must be present in the altar area during Mass. Is this correct?<br />

Answer:

Yes:

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. (GIRM 308)

 

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