Leading with beauty

Prayer tables for March classrooms.

There’s one perfect and obvious focus for this month’s prayer table and that is some depiction of Christ’s crucifixion.  It’s the focus of Lent and the focus of this lesson and one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful sights a Christian can ever contemplate.


You’ll find a basic crucifix in your supply box (at least the Church of St. Paul catechists will), but if you have a more beautiful one at home, this would be the ideal time to bring it.  (On the same note, if you don’t have a beautiful crucifix at home but have always wanted one, this may be a good time to look into it.)

There are also hundreds of depictions of Christ’s crucifixion in every type of art and I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding one to print, if you want to go that route.  Actually, if you’re like me you may have trouble narrowing it down to only one, so here are a few of my favorites:

One more little piece of trivia – Did you know that a cross is different than a crucifix?  Some people use the terms interchangeably, but a crucifix always has an image of Christ’s body on it, known as a corpus (Latin for body).  In a Catholic church you’ll almost always see a crucifix as a reminder of the value of Christ’s great suffering and sacrifice.


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