allowed to pray to images? Why do we pray before images?
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As stated in the
Baltimore Catechism... (emphasis added)
Q. Is it
allowed to pray to the crucifix or to the images and relics of the saints?
A. It is not
allowed to pray to the crucifix or images and relics of the saints, for they
have no life, nor power to help us, nor sense to hear us. [Note: Praying to
these items would be idolatry.]
Q. Why do we
pray before the crucifix and the images and relics of the saints?
A. We pray before
the crucifix and the images and relics of the saints because they enliven our
devotion by exciting pious affections and desires, and by reminding us of Christ
and of the saints that we may imitate their virtues.
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