Rosary, icons and statues

Catholics use different symbolic objects to help them pray. A cross or crucifix reminds them of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection.

Some will light a candle to create the right atmosphere to feel the presence of God.

Catholics may use a rosary as they meditate on the life of Jesus and call on Mary to offer their prayers to God. The rosary can help someone remain focused in prayer as there is always a danger that their mind can wander.

Churches often have statues of Mary and some saints. Catholics do not worship Mary or the saints, but ask them to pray to God on their behalf. This is known as intercession.

Statues can also help to focus a person’s mind on an aspect of prayer or worship. For example, a statue of Jesus on the cross can help us remember the sacrifice of Jesus. Statues act as a visual aid for the worshipper.

A statue depicting Jesus Christ on the cross