The Exaltation of the Holy Cross - September 14
Wed, Sep 14, 2022

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a great Christian holiday. Included in the annual church cycle, consisting of 12 significant dates. Celebrated on September 14th. To learn more about this day, you need to turn to the Bible.

History

The appearance of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is associated with a biblical legend. After the death of Jesus Christ, opponents of his faith decided to erase all traces of his life by destroying (as many people thought) the Cross used for his execution.

The mother of the ruler Constantine, who actively supported the religion of Jesus and erected churches, believed that the relic was not lost. For her search, she decided to go to Jerusalem. In the holy city, a Jewish elder said that the Cross was buried under the temple of Venus.

After the demolition of the temple, three Crosses were indeed found under it, on which Jesus and two criminals were executed. To find the true relic, it was decided to bring a dead man and a sick woman here. Crosses were applied to them in turn. Suddenly, one of them performed a miracle: death turned into life, and illness into health. The lost relic has been found. Especially for her, on the site of the temple, the Church of St. Helena was built. It was consecrated on September 13, 335, and the next day divine services were held in honor of finding the relic.

In 614, the relic disappeared again after a Persian attack. After 14 years, Emperor Heraclius was able to return it by signing a peace agreement with the enemies, and brought it with him to the capital of Byzantium. It began to be kept in the Church of the Holy Wisdom, and the faithful again found an important relic for them. Since then, The Exaltation of the Holy Cross has been celebrated annually around the world.

How to celebrate

  • During the celebration of The Exaltation of the Holy Cross, observe a strict fast. Meat and dairy products are not allowed.
  • Sprinkle the house with holy water while saying prayers.
  • Go to church for worship.
  • Take a rest, and do not start new business. This is a bad omen.
  • Be as relaxed and positive as possible. Don’t argue with people around you. It is believed that this is a very big sin.

When is The Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrated in 2022?

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross is observed on September 14 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday September 14 2022
Thursday September 14 2023
Saturday September 14 2024
Sunday September 14 2025
Monday September 14 2026

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