Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Originally this feast celebrated the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helena and the consecration, on September 14, 335 of the basilicas built by Constantine on the sites of the Holy Sepulchre and Calvary at Jerusalem. Later on, the commemoration of the recovery of the Holy Cross from the Persians in 629 was confused with this and supplanted it.

Introit: Gal. 6. 14. But it behoves us to the glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: in whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection; by whom we are saved and delivered. Ps. May God have mercy on us, and bless us; may He cause the light of His countenance to shine upon us, and may He have mercy on us.

Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Sweet the woof, sweet the nails, sweet the load that hangs thereon: for thou alone, O holy Cross, wast worthy to bear the King and Lord of heaven. Alleluia.

Communion: By the sign of the Cross deliver us from our enemies, O Thou who art our God.

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