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  The statue of Christ with no hands
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  • The statue of Christ with no hands - Johannesburg
      The statue of Christ with no hands
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  • Christ has no hands but our hands - Johannesburg

There are several claims to a story about a statue of Christ which has been damaged by having its hands removed. The ?I have no hands but yours? story is touching and usually involves war and bombing. The original story is apparently the one relating to the statue of Jesus outside Christ the King Catholic Church in San Diego. There vandals broke off the hands of the statue.

This legend has now been adopted by some about the Regina Mundi church in Soweto where there is a statue similarly damaged. The story is being passed around that the statue was damaged by the Apartheid police. There is no substance to this story. The Apartheid police damaged the altar and the crucifix above the alter by shooting at people sheltering there. The statue is a later, and convenient for publicity, addition to the lore of the Regina Mundi Catholic Church.

The phrase "Christ has no hands but ours" is a reference to this prayer by St. Teresa of Avila.

Lord Christ,

You have no body on earth but ours,
No hands but ours,
No feet but ours.

Ours are the eyes through which your compassion
Must look out on the world.
Ours are the feet by which you may still
Go about doing good.

Ours are the hands with which
You bless people now.

Bless our minds and bodies,
That we may be a blessing to others.


Address: Regina Mundi Church, Soweto
Directions: At the back of the church you will find the statue.
Website: http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/articles/entry/article-take-a-tour-of-soweto

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 26, 2011
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