Crucifix, religious picture, Holy Family icon, Mary statue. Sacred objects can be found in any home, even non-practicing ones. Sacred images, statues of Jesus, Mary, or a Saint, have always been present in human history, and each family is a sign of faith and belonging to God.
Sometimes we don’t know where they came from, maybe an aunt or grandmother’s basement or attic. We hang them on walls, in hallways, or on bedroom chests of drawers. Sacred objects remind us that we live in a Christian home with baptized, God-loving people.
Sacred objects, especially blessed ones, are one of the most powerful weapons men have to fight and defeat the devil with absolute faith. A home with crucifixes, icons, sacred pictures, or statues of the Virgin Mary will protect its inhabitants from evil.
Sacred objects’ power lies in what they symbolize, but it means nothing without the person’s faith. If not, they’d be an excuse for superstition. Faith and charity make our sacred objects effective. Good deeds, a Christian and merciful attitude, and holy arts create a good energy field. We can’t expect others to do our jobs or a magic formula recited correctly to solve all our problems. God looks at our hearts and actions to determine if we have faith.
Sacred objects are useful reminders that a good, patient and merciful Father watches over, loves, and protects us.
We listed sacred Christian objects we can keep in our homes, from the wall crucifix to religious icons, to statues of the Virgin of Fatima and sleeping Saint Joseph, so dear to our beloved Pope.
Let’s examine some we can’t live without.
The crucifix is a powerful sacramental. The crucifix symbolizes God’s love for us, which Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross consecrated, made evident, and tangible. Its potent symbol of love makes it a lethal weapon against evil and a powerful deterrent against spiritual enemies and negative energies.
We should keep a wall or table crucifix in every room to always remember Christ’s sacrifice, especially when things go wrong and bad thoughts or temptations torment us. Today we can find crucifixes of any material and style for sale, making them suitable for any interior design and even enhancing the ambiance. We can find ceramic, clay, china, glass, and Plexiglas crucifixes in addition to wood or metal.
Styles range from classic, imitating the large ones in churches, to designing objects with modern, stylized lines made of translucent or silver. Modern wall crucifixes are versatile. Some are candlesticks, while others are designed lamps with innovative lines and significant visual impact.St. Damian’s Crucifix is a classic. We’ve called it one of the world’s most famous sacred images. St. Francis received the call to renew the Church while praying before the original crucifix of St. Damian. It’s kept in Assisi, a pilgrimage site for thousands. St. Damian’s Crucifix is an example of the so-called triumphant Christ on the cross, widespread in Byzantine icons. Jesus is crucified, but he’s not suffering. He’s not suffering but triumphing as a king. Each character and symbol on the crucifix is meaningful and plays a vital role in the story it tells. A spiritual, solemn, and faith-filled object.
St. Damian’s crucifix has been reproduced many times and is available for tables, hanging, and neckwear. It’s mostly made of wood, like the original, but there are also metal, ceramic, and tapestry versions with Jacquard weaving and satin lining.
A religious picture
Even a religious picture can be a home relic. Subjects range from art history reproductions to original images. Traditional topics include the Holy Family, the virgin Mary, the holyapostle in the upper room, cherubs, and sometimes Christ’s face, the Last Supper, or the Annunciation.
Low relief silver religious pictures in various shapes and sizes are famous in homes. The base of these pictures is usually wood with embossed silver and golden details. Religious silver pictures are modern. They can be placed on the furniture, hung on the wall, or used as headboards.
A sacred icon
Sacred icons bring the spirit and mystery of a religious tradition into every home. Holy Arts vary by origin. Romanian sacred icons, which come from Byzantine tradition, interpret the sacred in a more Western way than many other art forms.
When they were shown to the world at the beginning of the 20th century in Paris, Russian icons were immediately recognized as cultural heritage for Russia and all of humanity. Ancient Russian icons express the true face of medieval religion, free of frills and structures accumulated over time and artistic waves. Their symbolism and devotion are unmatched. Handmade Greek icons inspired by Byzantine art are another option.
Holyart deals on top-notch authentic Russian, Romanian, Greek, and Polish Byzantine icons with warranty and origin certificates. Holyart icons are handmade and tempera-painted. Each icon is unique, Warm colors and gold leaf decorations are standard.
The most frequent subjects are Mary as a mother of tenderness and love or during the Annunciation, Jesus as a Good Shepherd and protector, and the Holy Family.
Sacred icons can be hung, displayed on an easel, cross-shaped, printed on stone, wood, boxes, and even Russian-painted eggs.
A STATUE OF THE VIRGIN MARY
We can display many Mary statues in our homes. It is always Jesus’ Mother, but we can divide the statues of Mary into three based on her main features: Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Medjugorje, and Our Lady of Fatima.
Each has the apparition-given features of the Virgin Mary.
STATUE OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
Our Lady of Lourdes is the Catholic Church’s name for Mary as she appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Our Lady of Lourdes statues follows the description left by the young maid after her miraculous encounter: “She looked about 16 or 17.” She wore a white dress with a blue sash and a white veil that covered her hair and fell to her sash. On her arm was a gold-chained rosary with white beads and two gold roses on her feet.
STATUE OF OUR LADY OF MEDJUGORJE
The Queen of Peace of Medjugorje, or Our Lady of Medjugorje, appeared to six seers in 1981. She is described as “a gorgeous girl, about 20 years old, wearing a long dress and a light veil; her eyes are blue, her hair is black and slightly waved, and her face is oval with pink lips and cheekbones.” She smiles endlessly and is beyond beautiful. Her feet are covered by her dress and the cloud she floats on, and she wears a crown of twelve stars, representing the tribes of Israel, the Apostles, and the privileges of the Virgin Mary.
STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA
Our Lady of Fatima (Nossa Senhora de Fátima) is represented as the three shepherds described her in 1917: “She had a white cape from her head to the end of her skirt, and chains crossed it. Her white dress had golden chains that hung obliquely from her head; she wore a white jacket with two or three necklaces. She wore socks without shoes. She wore a necklace and medal. She had joined hands and ear buttons. Black hair, average height.
The Sleeping Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph sleeping is a popular statue among South American devotees. God warned him about King Eros during Joseph’s sleep and urged him to protect Mary and the Baby. Joseph becomes the prototypical attached and devoted father who defends his wife and son at the cost of his own life, caring for and respecting them. What better symbol of family protection?
If you keep a statue of sleeping Saint Joseph in your home, you could do as Pope Francis does: he puts notes under the statue with his doubts, problems, and requests for grace from devotees as reminders so Saint Joseph can bring them to God’s attention. In the case of the Pope, for the love of his sons; in your case, to protect your family.