Saint Thomas Aquinas

Friday, April 22, 2011

Venerating the Crucifix and the Burial Shroud

Today is Good Friday and we contemplate Our Lord's sacrifice on the cross. In one of my trips to Italy I was amazed by the crucifix painted by Giotto, which hangs over the altar in the church of Santa Maria Novella, in Florence. Below is picture of it. No matter where you are today you can contemplate Our Lord's passion and death by venerating a crucifix. In the Eastern Church we not only venerate the crucifix, but we also venerate the burial shroud (Epitaphios) of Our Lord. Below the crucifix is a burial shroud used for veneration in the Eastern Catholic Church. Have a blessed Good Friday. 

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