September 14, 2021

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

In Hoc Signo Vinces
If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. (Luke 9:23)
September 14th is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which commemorates the discovery of the True Cross by St. Helena in 320; the dedication of the basilica and shrine at Calvary by Emperor Constantine in 335; and the recovery and restoration of the Cross by Emperor Heraclius after the Battle of Ninevah in 627. In celebration, we're posting a Prayer on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The accompanying photo of the Crucifix, courtesy of Andrew Giordano, was taken at the Chiesa di San Giuseppe in Taranto, Apulia.
Prayer on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
O God, who willed that Your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.