LAMP’s Mission Crucifix

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The front of the LAMP mission crucifix (worn by LAMP missionaries)

The crucifix has as its center the Corpus, Jesus Christ Crucified for each and every person, and calling us to see Him in each poor and suffering person.

The hand at the summit of the Cross is the hand of the Father, whose love for each person is expressed in the sacrifice of His only Son.

Flowing from the side of Jesus is the Precious Blood and the water, and the Holy Spirit issuing forth with gifts and graces.

The lamp represents the name of our ministry, but also represents Jesus: “You are my LAMP, O LORD!” (Samuel 22:29) Additionally, the lamp is a symbol of contemplation.

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The rear of the LAMP mission crucifix

In the center of the cross are symbols of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The Heart on the left, slightly larger and higher, is that of Jesus. A very simple crown of thorns encircles it. Mary’s heart (always one with Jesus’ Heart), on the right, has a rose bud on a stem with several leaves and thorns.

Underneath is the phrase “WITH JESUS’ HEARTBEAT” to describe the movement in our ministry of evangelization with the poor: going out with the love of Jesus as His Heart beats, receding again, etc. By God’s grace, we are WITH Jesus as we are WITH the poor.

At the bottom of the cross is the carpenter’s square, symbol of Saint Joseph, who helps LAMP especially with all our practical and financial needs.