The Holy Mass Crucifix

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The Theology of the Holy Mass Crucifix

Before we get into the theological meaning of "The Holy Mass Crucifix," as you know, Crucifixes around the world have depicted Christ on Calvary as an event that came and went 2,000 years ago, but a Crucifix should tell us more than that. A Crucifix should tell you that Christ is literally present at every Holy Mass, and that is precisely what the Holy Mass Crucifix does.


Not only that, but every Holy Mass Crucifix, and the Apostolate for the Holy Mass Crucifix, received the Apostolic Blessing from Pope Benedict the 16th. This is very unusual because an Apostolate usually has a history for the Church to look at and examine for it to be approved. But in this case, the Holy Mass Crucifix was so significant, the Apostolic Blessing was granted for the Apostolate as well.  


So, as you can see, the Holy Mass Crucifix brings the Eucharist to the center of the Crucifix, so when you see the Eucharist, you also see the Body of Christ on the Cross, and when you see Christ on the Cross, you see Calvary.  This visually tells you that the Body and Blood of the Lord is contained within the Sacred Host, and His Blood in the Chalice, which is also on the Holy Mass Crucifix.


Now, there is a Crucifix that is often referred to as a "St. Benedict Crucifix," but that is actually a misnomer.  What you actually have is a "St. Benedict Medal" that is mounted on a Crucifix, but if you took the Medal off, the Blessings would go with the St. Benedict Medal, and would not be associated with the Crucifix.  


Furthermore, it is not St. Benedict who is offered up in the Holy Mass, nor is it St. Benedict who died on Calvary.  It is Christ who died on Calvary, and it is Christ who is offered up and dies in the Holy Mass, and that is why I have the Eucharist at the heart of the Crucifix.  It is most appropriate.  But for those who find themselves attached to the St. Benedict Medal, so it cannot fall off, I have cast into the molds, both sides of the St. Benedict Medal on the back of every Holy Mass Crucifix.


With the Holy Mass Crucifix, not only is the Apostolic Blessing granted to the Crucifix itself, but you will find wheat and grapes near the hands of Our Lord for very specific reasons.


First - Jesus said that wheat must die to itself to become bread, and we know that grapes must undergo the press to become wine, so the presence of wheat and grapes on the crucifix are indicative of Christ's passion where He dies for our sins.


The wheat and grapes are also indicative of the Christian life where, in imitation of Christ, we die to self for the sake of Christ's Mystical Body, the Church.


Second - The wheat and grapes speak of the Priesthood of Christ, because Jesus continues to take these very elements of bread and wine, which comes from wheat and grapes, in His Holy and Venerable Hands through the hands of the Priest, and continues to turn them into His Body and Blood which are seen in the Eucharist and Chalice on every Holy Mass Crucifix.


Third - When you wear the 2" or 3" Pendants over your heart it signifies your heart literally becomes the throne of God.  Our Lord spoke of this in His great colloquy of Love at the Last Supper wherein He tells us that along with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit will indwell in us. This is an incredible reality. (John 14)


Wearing the Holy Mass Crucifix worn as a Pendant is also a visible sign that by means of receiving the Holy Eucharist we are, "Always carrying in our body the death of the Lord Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifest in our mortal flesh so that while death is at work in us, like is at work in you."  (2nd Corinthians 4: 10-12).


Furthermore, wearing the Holy Mass Crucifix as a Pendant gives testimony about Co-Redemption in the Mystical Body of Christ so that we can say with St. Paul, "Now I rejoice in MY sufferings for YOUR sake, and in MY FLESH I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of His Body, the Church."  (Colossians 1:24)


Additionally, all 2" and 3" Holy Mass Crucifix Pendants are made from a single piece of  pewter stock (a favorite metal of jewelers) so the Body cannot fall off, or loosen on the Cross. 


So, in the Holy Mass Crucifix, you are looking at not only a Sacramental Sign, but a Sacrament that opens like a book.  In a single visual image it encompasses what the Church teaches about the Holy Mass, and the Mystical Body of Christ.  It is no wonder the Holy Mass Crucifix opens the door to many opportunities to discuss our faith with those who are still searching for the Lord.


Fourth - The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith from which all the Saints draw the grace which enabled them to live their life as a Saint.  So, it is appropriate to have the Eucharist at the heart of the Holy Mass Crucifix, which is why there are various devotions to the Saints at the bottom of the Crucifix.


God Bless You,

Roger LeBlanc