The Exaltation of the Holy Cross: A Symbol of Love and Redemption
The story behind the Exaltation of the Holy Cross traces back to the 4th century when Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, embarked on a journey to Jerusalem. Guided by divine inspiration, she sought to uncover the True Cross upon which Jesus was crucified. After a meticulous search, Helena's discovery of the cross brought forth a flood of emotions—reverence for the instrument of Christ's sacrifice and awe at the depth of God's love for humanity.
The feast invites believers to reflect on the significance of the cross in Christian theology. What was once a symbol of suffering and shame was transformed into a symbol of triumph and salvation through Christ's sacrifice. The act of exalting the Holy Cross symbolizes the victory of Christ over sin and death, offering believers a path to redemption and eternal life.
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross not only commemorates a historical event but also calls us to embrace the cross as a personal and universal symbol of hope. Just as Jesus bore the cross for the salvation of humanity, we are invited to carry our own crosses with courage and faith. By exalting the cross, we recognize that even in our struggles, we can find strength, grace, and a deeper connection to the love of God.
As we come together on September 14th to celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, let us remember that this revered symbol encapsulates the very essence of Christianity—love, sacrifice, and redemption. The cross serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that through Christ's sacrifice, we are offered the gift of salvation and the promise of eternal life.