15 & 16 September 2018

The Feast of The Exaltation of The Holy Cross

First Reading: Numbers 21: 4-9

Second Reading: Philippians 2: 6-11

Gospel: John 3: 13-17


Today we celebrate the feast of the exaltation or the triumph of the Holy Cross. The word ‘exaltation’ simply means lifting up or keeping a person high esteem in order to appreciate.  In John’s gospel Jesus says: “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.”  Historically, this special Feast of the Cross originated in the 4th century. In those days, on September 14th, two Churches in Jerusalem were dedicated to the cross, that special event being remembered annually since that time. It was not until the 7th century that Rome adopted this Feast, commemorating it as the “Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.” More recently, the title of the Feast has been changed to the “Triumph of the Cross.” Its purpose was to honour the work of Jesus Christ. And that is the reason as to why, on this date, we are united here in the Church of God.