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The Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross – Sept. 14

The Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross – Sept. 14


O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the humanrace, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with youin the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, celebrated every year on September 14, recalls three historical events: the finding of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine; the dedication of churches built by Constantine on the site of the Holy Sepulchre and Mount Calvary; and the restoration of the True Cross to Jerusalem by the emperor Heraclius II. But in a deeper sense, the feast also celebrates the Holy Cross as the instrument of our salvation. 

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