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To: topher
Unfortunately, post-Vatican II, there are churches that have wonderful plaster images for the stations of the cross, but no wooden cross at each statement -- which is a requirement for receiving the indulgences.

How big does this wooden cross need to be to make the indulgence effective? Six feet or six inches? Does composition matter? Is pine OK?

2 posted on 02/01/2008 8:51:39 AM PST by topcat54 ("The selling of bad beer is a crime against Christian love.")
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To: topcat54
It could be a very small wooden cross. For example, here in Lafayette, Louisiana, the stations of the cross at the Cathedral of Saint John have a small wooden cross at the top.

Here are the conditions from the Pieta Book about this (this is from the Green Book, page 51, which is a large print edition:

1. This devout exercise must be performed before stations of the cross that have been lawfully erected.

2. Fourteen crosses are required in order to erect the Stations of the Cross. As an aid to devotion, these crosses are customarily attached to fourteen tableaux or images representing the Jersalem stations.

From the webpage http://www.shrinesf.org/stations.htm

A plenary indulgence is granted for the Exercise of the Way of the Cross, provided that certain conditions are met: the stations must have been legitimately erected; fourteen crosses of real wood are required (pictures are optional); and movement must be made from one station to the next. Finally, although specific prayers and readings may be used, they are optional; all that is required is “a pious meditation on the Passion and Death of the Lord, which need not be a particular consideration of the individual mysteries of the stations” (Enchiridion of Indulgences).

3 posted on 02/01/2008 9:02:49 AM PST by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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To: topcat54
Size does not matter nor what type of wood that is used. Obviously, if a missionary in the Pacific Ocean (circa 1840) were to build a church and there was only the wood available on the island the church is being built was available, there would be no problem with that...

No problem with pine, no problem with crosses that might be a 1/4 of an inch in each direction -- but people should be able to see the crosses as they make the stations of the cross.

Maybe someone can ask a Franciscan about this.

The ones in my diocese don't seem to care, which is truly sad.

5 posted on 02/01/2008 9:09:12 AM PST by topher (Let us return to old-fashioned morality - morality that has stood the test of time...)
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