Thursday, September 11, 2014
Holy Cross Feast celebrates historical, spiritual significance
by Sister Renee Delvaux
This Sunday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which celebrates three historical events: the finding of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the basilica built on Calvary by Constantine, and the restoration of the true cross to Jerusalem.
The spiritual celebration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a remembrance and celebration of God's greatest work: His Son Jesus' saving death on the cross and His resurrection. The holy cross is the symbol of salvation, divine love and compassion: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life." (Jn 3: 16)
How do we respond to this awesome outpouring of love? We fall on our knees and humbly pray:
"We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world."