Question of the Day for Thursday, December 27, 2012
Christ’s Bowed Head
Q. On every crucifix I’ve seen, the head of Jesus leans to the left. However, on the crucifix used in my church to walk forward the priest, books and sacraments to the altar, Christ’s head leans to the right. Is this incorrect, or does it matter? Should the cross be replaced?
— Concerned Catholic
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
Of the Evangelists, only John mentions Jesus’ head at the moment of his death: “And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit” (Jn 19:30). Because we have no idea what position his head may have been when Jesus died, artists have a great deal of freedom in their representation of the Crucified Christ.
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