Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi,
quia per crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee,
for by thy cross thou hast redeemed the world.
This prayer is often recited during Lent while praying the Stations of the Cross. But it is also prayed by the Church on September 14th, this passed Tuesday, to celebrate the Triumph of the Cross. The cross...a stumbling block to some and foolishness to others (1 Corinthians 1:23), but for believers, the means by which we are redeemed. Christ readily gave up his life upon it so as to defeat death by His rising on the third day.
As this Feast day was being celebrated this week, Mary's rosaries at GracefulRosaries came to mind. The crucifixes with which she chooses to begin and end her rosaries are extra-ordinary. She writes in her Etsy shop announcement that she uses "antique reproduction crucifixes and centers in solid bronze, brass, and sterling silver." Look at these examples...
Truly exquisite crucifixes adorning beautiful rosaries at