The Word Among Us

July 2006 Issue

"I Adore, I Venerate, I Glory!"

St. Anselms Prayer to the Holy Cross

By: St. Anselm of Canterbury

What if you walked into a friend's house one day and saw a picture of an electric chair prominently displayed in the living room? Or, going through the checkout line, you noticed a miniature guillotine hanging from a chain around the cashier's neck? Even stranger, what if your friend and the cashier spoke about these symbols with reverence, respect, and even affection? Wouldn't it make you uncomfortable?

In the early years of the church, Christian veneration of the cross must have seemed no less odd to those who had not embraced the...


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