“This is the Wood of the Cross”

Legend attributes the discovery of the True Cross to St. Helena, the mother of the emperor Constantine, who travelled to the Holy Land in search of relics of the Savior. She found the True Cross on which he was crucified; it was later fragmented and dispersed throughout the whole world.

A statue in St. Peter’s Basilica is dedicated to St. Helena, here holding the Cross of Christ.

May you all continue to have a blessed Triduum, and may we all have strength to embrace the Cross.

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4 Responses to ““This is the Wood of the Cross””

  1. Phillip T. Says:

    wow, some recent great posts here cliff. definitely some great reading (and now i can tell the difference between humeral veils and vimpa!) keep up the great work, these posts definitely are a form of catechesis for me. see ya buddy

  2. arnauskaite Says:

    I want to make video about Saint Helena and to upload it in internet – YouTube. There is a link to my website. In case if you won’t like it, let me know. It may be that I will change my mind, cause Saint pictures or good videos are not so popular, especially in YouTube.

  3. Chris Berke Says:

    BTW Cliff – great work! I enjoy your blog and all the eye candy! Make sure when you get to Rome in May (Dan told me) you visit the church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme if you haven’t been there. It is built over the home of St. Helena, on earth she brought back from the Holy Land thus the title ‘Church of the Holy Cross IN JERUSALEM’

    There are fragments of the True Cross and other relics of the Passion including the Titulus from the Cross, some thorns from the crown of thorns and the nails.

    In the chapel behind the sanctuary, there are frescoes/murals of the story of St. Helena discovering the true Cross, and a window in the floor where you can see some of the earth brought back from the Holy Land.

    We were fortunate to have celebrated Mass there twice, once with Fr. Toups and once with Fr. Blum on a couple of our small, private pilgrimages in previous years.

    Have you visited the Holy Stairs across the street from St. John Lateran yet?

  4. cathcandy Says:

    Thanks for all the comments Chris. No when I went to the Holy Stairs they were closed for siesta–but this time around we’ll have plenty of time to do all the things we want!

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