Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Doorpost Crucifix

I attended a reconciliation service at a local Church last night. One of the things that I was given as I entered was a "Doorpost Crucifix" - a small crucifix to attach to the front door or doorjamb. It had the following explanation:

In the book of Deuteronomy, Chapters 6:9 and 11:20, Moses instructs the Israelites as follows: "Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore you shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength . . . Write them (the words) on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

Today members of the Jewish faith continue that command as you will find what is called the MEZUZAH on their home's doorposts.

We Christians strive to carry out the Ten Commandments given to Moses by the Lord. Therefore let us also initiate Moses' practice of the MEZUZAH by placing on our doorposts the depiction of Jesus, our crucified Christ.

Then, when entering or leaving the dwelling, touch the crucifix with your fingers and say a brief prayer.

The small crucifix I received was a simple small plastic crucifix that had been blessed and had double-sided tape on it so that it could stick on the door. I put it up last night and the boys noticed it first thing this morning. I told them it was a reminder to say a prayer each time we leave the house. David said a prayer right away!

If you would like to receive a paper with the above explanation and the small blessed cross, you may send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Henry Zephir
264 North Main Street - Suite 10
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

It might be nice to send a small donation to him as well to help support this ministry.


Unknown said...

I actually have one on the inside door of my master bath. My concern is that our home seems to be more than just a home....we have unusual occurrences that can't be explained away. And what I was wondering if that crucifix could actually be part of a blessing ritual on the house. We just purchased the home about 5 weeks ago. We have strange events happen in every room of the home except for the bedroom where the master bath is located. Any thoughts?

Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur said...

Having a new home blessed is certainly a wonderful tradition. I am certain whatever priest you enlist to do this for you would be happy to bless the crucifix as well. In the meantime, perhaps you might want to put small crucifixes in each of your rooms if you feel that it is offering protection.

Best wishes,

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