Lift High the Cross

Today’s feast is The Exaltation of the Cross.

The legend is that the Empress Helena, Constantine’s mother, traveled to Jerusalem and discovered the true cross. The illustration for this post is the chapel of St Helena–the crypt of the church of the Holy Sepulchre.

The local Christians said she could have it, but said she must not remove it from the Holy Land, so we got slaves to load her ship with soil from Jerusalem, put the relics on the soil and sailed off to Rome, where she loaded the soil onto a cart, put the cross on it and took it to her palace in Rome, thus fulfilling her promise not to remove the cross from the Holy Land.

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