The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
will be celebrated at all
Saturday and Sunday Holy Masses on 14-15 September,
with refreshments in St. Francis Hall after
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But what does exalting the Cross mean? Is it not maybe scandalous to venerate a shameful form of execution? The Apostle Paul says: “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (I Cor. 1: 23). Christians, however, do not exalt just any cross but the Cross which Jesus sanctified with his sacrifice, the fruit and testimony of immense love. Christ on the Cross pours out his Blood to set humanity free from the slavery of sin and death.
Therefore, from being a sign of malediction, the Cross was transformed into a sign of blessing, from a symbol of death into a symbol par excellence of the Love that overcomes hatred and
violence and generates immortal life.”
Pope Benedict XVI (Audience, September 17, 2006)
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O God, who by the passion of your blessed Son made an instrument
of shameful death to be for us the means of life and peace: Grant us
so to glory in the Cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame
and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.