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dead rites boxes\crosses

spooky1   posted:5/24/2013 8:48:33 PM  
Going through my folks house b4 we moved I came across a dead rite box & a dead rites crucifix, they were from the fam.ily from the 40s 50s. I tried looking up info but alls I could find is peoples trying to sell them. any info... I mean I no what its for but any additional info is great
LincolnGenghis   posted:5/24/2013 11:48:07 PM  
I think what you mean is last rites. That term last rites itself is not used much any more either though. The popular misconception about the so called last rites is that it was only given right before death. Thats just not really the case. more often refered to now days as described below.

" Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which is administered both to the dying and to those who are gravely ill or are about to undergo a serious operation, for the recovery of their health and for spiritual strength."

I don't know depending on what faith you are maybe you want to keep it. For more information you will probably find allot more on it if you search on last rites boxes.
jasmi   posted:5/25/2013 7:46:00 PM  
My husband's family had one. It was a crucifix, about 10" long, and you cold slide the top up (the part where Jesus' body is) and inside were 2 votive candles (one where each hand of Christ was). It also contained a vial of holy water. It was for administering Last Rights.

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