Holy Cross

September 14, 2016 all-day

Feast of the Holy Cross – or Feast of the Veneration of the Holy Cross
The Feast of the Holy Cross is celebrated on September 14th. The cross on which Jesus died was initially thought to be simply an instrument of his crucifixion. But even in the days of the apostles the Cross (with a capital “C”) came to be a symbol of his death, and eventually of the Christian faith as a whole. It is the most common symbol of Christianity today—appearing in churches, on churches, in homes, in jewelry, in art.
St. Helen, the mother of Alexander the Great, is credited with discovering the original cross while she was directing excavation work in the Golgatha area of Jerusalem in the fourth century. From that time on, the Cross became a subject of veneration. So today we lift up the cross to honor Jesus, our Savior.