The Holy Cross

The Story of The Holy Cross

The True Cross was discovered in 326 by Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, during a pilgrimage she made to Jerusalem.

Saint Helena is often depicted holding a cross because tradition maintains she found the true cross in Jerusalem.

The term “Holy Cross” refers specifically to the cross on which Jesus died, the place where he sacrificed himself for us to redeem us from our sins, and to reconcile us to God the Father.

The True Cross supposed remnants of the actual cross upon which Jesus was crucified.

As Helena completed her mission, part of the cross was taken to Rome and the other remained in Jerusalem. According to the stories that are part of religious traditions, these remains are preserved in the Basilica of the Holy Cross in the Italian capital.

Feast Day of The Holy Cross

Children take part in the Mass to celebrate the feast day of The Holy Cross every year.