Wearing the Crucifix among the Christian community also varies, among each denomination. For example, whilst Catholics display the Crucifix in their churches and often wear Crucifix’s or carry them for prayer and protection, people of the Protestant faith wear a plain cross.
There’s no canon law prohibiting non – Catholic Christians from wearing a crucifix but, as you implied, wearing one commonly indicates that you are Catholic. By contrast, Protestants wear empty crosses (without the body of the crucified Jesus). The crucifix focuses on the crucifixion of Jesus as His primary gift.
By all means, yes a non Christian can don a cross. In fact, probably more non Christians wear them than actual Christians. That is becasue the symble has become a generic symbol of faith. The cross is the single most used symble in the world for all time.
They use plain crosses instead of a crucifix with a person on it (in this case Jesus ) because unlike Catholics which view Jesus as being on the cross Protestants instead view Jesus as having risen from the dead, thus we don’t have him on the cross as he isn’t on the cross but instead in Heaven.
Christians don’t wear crosses for protection. They wear crosses to identify themselves as Christians. You can wear a Christian cross if you want, no one will stop you, but it probably won’t protect you and people will think you identify as a Christian. Should Christians wear a cross necklace?
A typical Rosary has a crucifix or a cross. Because the Rosary is a private devotion, it is certainly not obligatory to have a cross or crucifix as part of the Rosary.
Also, please remember that a cross (without the body of Jesus depicted) or a crucifix (with the body) is not a talisman or some kind of protection from harm. If you are not wearing it out of faith, it’s just jewelry.
Associating the pagan symbol of the cross to God’s word is considered sacrilegious and a great sin. Apart from the pagan ties, the cross is a religious symbol and according to the Bible, God cautioned his people against forming signs and figures with which to honor him by in 1 Corinthians 10:14.
A crucifix (from Latin cruci fixus meaning “(one) fixed to a cross “) is an image of Jesus on the cross, as distinct from a bare cross. Most crucifixes portray Jesus on a Latin cross, rather than any other shape, such as a Tau cross or a Coptic cross.
In Judaism, the reverence to the icon of Christ in the form of cross has been seen as idolatry.
Cross, the principal symbol of the Christian religion, recalling the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the redeeming benefits of his Passion and death. The cross is thus a sign both of Christ himself and of the faith of Christians.
Today, the cross is the universal symbol of Christianity. It was not always so. In the early centuries after the time of Jesus Christ, there were other symbols: a dove, a ship, an anchor and a lyre.
Although the sign of the cross dates to ante-Nicene Christianity, it was rejected by some of the Reformers and is absent from some forms of Protestantism. Other Protestants and Restorationist Christians do not use it all.
Jesus’s death is the penalty or “satisfaction” for sin. Satisfaction was an idea used in the early church to describe the public actions – pilgrimage, charity – that a christian would undertake to show that he was grateful for forgiveness. Only Jesus can make satisfaction because he is without sin.
THE Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna, Dr Christoph Schonborn, has said that anyone, including Protestants, who can in good conscience say ” amen ” to the eucharistic prayer at Mass, may receive communion in a Catholic church.