Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In the fourth century in the Isles of Britain, Constantine the Great was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

When Constantine then marched on Rome with his army, he had a vision of a cross of stars in the mid-day sky, which he believed assured his victory over Maximus. This vision was confirmed in a dream in which he saw the Cross of the Lord, and the words, "By this sign, conquer." Constantine did indeed defeat the more powerful army of Maximus and took possession of the Roman throne.

St. Helen, Constantine’s mother, journeyed to the Holy Land and the Cross of the Lord was uncovered, along with the two crosses of the criminals who were crucified with Him.

The true Cross was identified when each cross was in turn placed over the body of a man being taken for burial. When he was covered with the Lord’s Cross, he was miraculously resurrected. The people then venerated the Cross of Christ. The great crowds made it impossible for all to kiss the Cross itself, so it was raised high by Macarius, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, so that the people might see and venerate it. This was the origin of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross. The feast was regularly celebrated in the Eastern Churches as early as the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, in which is found Christ’s tomb, around the year 335, and was adopted by the Roman Church in the 7th century.

The feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, or Triumph of the Cross, is celebrated on September 14. The Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified is the doorway to His conquering of sin and death by His Resurrection. Through the Cross and resurrection all have have been redeemed and have the hope of salvation, eternal life in heaven with our loving God.

We venerate and exalt and love the Cross of Christ, for by the suffering and death of God’s only Son on the Cross, we have new life.

"We adore You O Christ, and we praise You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world." — St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Other Saints We Remember Today

St. Maternus (1st Century), Bishop

St. Notburga (1313), Virgin, Patroness of peasants, servants, and the poor

  • scott122

    “In the fourth century in the Isles of Britain, Constantine the Great was crowned emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.”

    You have Constantine mixed up with Charlemagne. According to Wikipedia, Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus, commonly known as Constantine I, or Constantine the Great, was Roman Emperor from 306, and the undisputed holder of that office from 324 to his death. Best known for being the first Christian Roman Emperor.

    Also according to Wikipedia, Charlemagne (747 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768 to his death. During his reign he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800 as a rival of the Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define both Western Europe and the Middle Ages. He is numbered as Charles I in the regnal lists of France, Germany, and the Holy Roman Empire.

    Constantine had nothing to do with the Holy Roman Empire – that was Charlemagne. And none of this took place in Britain.

  • mkochan

    Wrong. Constantine was campaigning (warring) in Britian when his father died and he was proclaimed emperor. Then he went to Rome to secure his rulership by defeating a rival emperor.

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