Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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September 14th is the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, also known as the Triumph of the Cross or the Elevation of the Cross. This is the day the Church celebrates both the discovery and the recovery of the True Cross of Jesus Christ.

The basilica, named the Martyrium, and the shrine, named the Calvarium, were destroyed by the Persians in 614. The Church of the Holy sepulcher which now stands on the site was built by the crusaders in 1149.

However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God's greatest work: his salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened.

 "We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection: through him we are saved and made free."

Read the following very interesting historical account surrounding this ancient feast day.

326 A.D.: St. Helena discovers the True Cross in Jerusalem on May 3rd.

335 A.D.: Constantine dedicates the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on September 14th.

614 A.D.: Jerusalem is invaded by the Persians who steal the True Cross.

629 A.D.: The True Cross is recovered and brought back to Jerusalem on September 14th.


At Holy Cross Catholic Church the celebration date of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is also the Patronal Feast Day of our Parish. All are invited to join us for a special Mass on Monday September 25th at 6:30 P.M., followed by a food and entertainment filled celebration in the Parish Hall. Let's gather all our Parish Family together for this wonderful event!

God bless you!