On Tuesday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m., St. Gabriel’s will have Holy Communion in celebration of the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. We hope our parishioners who can work around their daytime obligations will attend.
This feast day commemorates three aspects of the Cross — the first being its discovery in 326 by St. Helena Augusta, who traveled to the Holy Lands in search of sacred Christian sites after her son, Constantine, became the first Christian Roman Emperor. We also commemorate the consecration (c. 335) of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which housed the discovered Cross, as well as the recovery of relics of the True Cross which had been looted and taken to Persia. Emperor Heraclius led a military campaign into Persia (c. 638), recovered the relics of the Cross, and personally escorted the relics back to Jerusalem.
On this Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross, we are reminded of our victory over sin achieved through Christ’s death. We are also reminded of the power of the True Cross, the very instrument utilized by Christ to achieve His ends for our personal and collective salvation.
May our Lord God open our minds and hearts to his precious Son, who is ever ready to receive us and guide us.