Monday, September 14, 2009
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Today, we celebrate the exaltation of the cross. Christians have many customs and rituals regarding the cross such as the sign of the cross or wearing cross jewelry. On Good Friday we honor and recognize the sacrifice made on the cross, today's feast expresses the joy and peace that the cross brings to each of us.
CatholicTV is blessed to have a relic of the True Cross in our chapel.
The Roman Emperor Constantine's mother Helena went to Israel to find holy places which were meaningiful to the life, ministry and death of Jesus. She found what she believed, and is confirmed by some archaeologists as the site the Crucifixion and of the Burial and she arranged to have the Church of the Holy Sepulchre erected. The building was dedicated on September 14 in the year 335.