Basing itself on the mystery of the incarnate Word the seventh ecumenical council at Nicaea (787) justified against the iconoclasts the veneration of icons of Christ, but also of the Mother of God, the angels and all the saints. By becoming incarnate, the Son of God introduced a new economy of images. (Page 573)
We are commanded not to make or worship any image of those things in Heaven, on Earth, or in the Oceans. The crucifix is certainly an image of Christ on the cross, who by the way is not a dead savior still hanging on the cross, but is a risen savior setting at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. He is alive and well!
Angels are also not to receive praise or worship. The Bible bares this out.
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