The Exaltation of the Holy Cross - Rosanne Pappas

This year I've decided to sketch many of The Great Holy Men and Women of the Church. Come along with me on this journey as we get to know our elder brothers and sisters in faith.

"And therefore we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us, let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us," Heb 12:1


The Exaltation of the Cross

September 14

The Exaltation of the

Holy Cross

The Cross of Jesus was discovered miraculously intact in 326 by St. Helena the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, during a pilgrimage she made to Jerusalem. The Patriarchal Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre was then built at the site of the discovery, by order of Helena and Constantine. The church was dedicated nine years later, with a portion of the cross placed inside it. The date of the feast marks the dedication of the Patriarchal Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in 335. This was a two-day festival: although the actual consecration of the church was on September 13, the cross itself was brought outside the church on September 14 so that the clergy and faithful could pray before the Cross.


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