Holy Cross Day
Ave Crux Spes Unica
The Church has celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross since the end of the seventh century. It is a day to remember how Jesus died on the cross for us and to celebrate his victory. Historically, this was a day of fasting.
The apostle Paul says: “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles.” Christians, however, do not exalt just any cross, but the Cross which Jesus sanctified with his sacrifice, the fruit and testimony of immense love. Christ on the Cross pours out his blood to set humanity free from the slavery of sin and death. Therefore, from being a sign of malediction, the Cross was transformed into a sign of blessing, from a symbol of death into a symbol par excellence of the Love that overcomes hatred and violence and generates immortal life. — Pope Emeritus Benedict, September 17, 2006
The Conditions of Discipleship
Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. — Jesus, Matthew 10:38
- Read / listen About the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (American Catholic)
- Watch / listen / meditate on the Passion of Christ
- Read Reflection on the Cross and Mary’s Presence by Pope Benedict XVI (2008)
- Watch / listen Homily on Holy Cross Day by Fr Joseph Mary
And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself. — Jesus, John 12:32
Prayer of the Day (from EWTN)
Jesus, who because of Your burning love for us, willed to be crucified to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant us the petition we ask: [state your petition].
We trust completely in Your Mercy. Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace, sanctify our work, give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings, bless our families, and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted, Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may all come at last to the glory of Heaven. Amen.
Question of the Day
Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross?