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Rosaries Graven Images?

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Aren't the rosaries and crucifixes graven images and therefor a sin against the First Commandment?

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Rosary Beads Honor Jesus And Mary
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The Church would never present for the faithful an object or action that would be offensive to God. Furthermore, rosaries and crucifixes are not graven images. Take a look at what he Bible says: Thou shalt not have strange Gods before me. Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. (Exodus 20:3-4) The first commandment of God is: I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

It is good you are concerned about obeying this commandment. I will make reference to the Baltimore Catechism to alleviate your concerns of the rosary or a crucifix being a cause for disobeying this commandment. The first commandment forbids the making or the use of holy objects such as statues, rosaries and crucifixes only when they promote false worship. Forbidden also is attributing power to an object or person that belongs to God alone such as using charms or seeking the advice of fortune tellers.

To clarify, Catholics do not pray to the rosary or the crucifix but rather to the persons they represent, namely Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Much to the contrary praying with rosary beads or before a crucifix honors the persons they represent, namely Jesus and Mary. (Baltimore Catechism lessons 16-17)

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They are symbolic
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The rosary and crucifixes are symbolic. What was refered to in the bible as a sin is 'idolatory', the practice of worshiping such images for what they are and are made of. It is not in Catholic practice to resort to this form of devotion by the use of rosary, crucifixes and other holy pictures.
These rather are used for what they symbolize, to keep our mind focused in worshiping God through Jesus and Mary. We do not worship them but use them in worshiping God

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