The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” (Mark 10:38)

“I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” (John 12:32)

 Feast Day and Background

Today, as on every September 14, we celebrate The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Mass readings for this feast (Years ABC) are: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalms 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

From the ORDO for today’s feast day:

“This feast celebrates a double anniversary. In Jerusalem, Constantine erected a round church, the Anastasis, above the empty grave of Jesus, and a basilica, the Matryrium; in the square between the two churches, a shrine, Calvarium, marking the place of crucifixion. Dedicated in 335, they were destroyed by the Persians in 614. The two churches were rebuilt by Patriarch Modestus of Jerusalem c. 626, but were later destroyed by the Muslims in 1009. The present church of the Holy Sepulcher, rebuilt by the Crusaders, was dedicated in 1149. Today also commemorates the discovery of the Lord’s cross by the empress, St. Helena (Aug. 18), in 320.”

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