The Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross of Christ.

March 6th – The Finding of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross and the Precious Nails of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Saint Helena.

September 14th – The Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross of Christ.

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Saint Helena‘s earnest Prayers and way of life encouraged her son Saint Constantine to become a Christian. Saints Constantine and Helena were Emperor and Emperess, but they also have the title of Equal to the Apostles because Saint Constantine was the first Emperor to legalise Christianity and openly confess his Christian beliefs. He also aided his mother to search for the Most Holy Cross of Christ. When Saint Helena travelled to the Holy Land, she found the Cave where Our Most Precious Lord Jesus Christ was Born, His Tomb, Cross, Nails, Crown of Thorns and much more. She built 365 Churches in the Holy Land, all of which were later destroyed except for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem which stands to this day. Saint Constantine and Helena also built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the Tomb of Christ.

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When Saint Helena found the three crosses, in order to identify which one was the Life-Giving Cross of Christ and which were the two crosses of the robbers, Patriarch Macarius and Saint Helena saw a dead person being carried to burial, so they laid this person on each cross and this person became alive again on the Cross of Christ. They then raised up the Cross for all to Venerate.

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The Life-Giving Cross of Christ was eventually divided in thousands of pieces over time, to be shared all around the world. These are kept as a Most Holy Blessing in Monasteries, Churches, and even the homes of some faithful. The photo below is of the largest known piece of the Cross of Christ, treasured on Mount Athos. A hole from the nail that went through Our Saviour’s right hand is seen at the lower part of the Cross.

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Below is a photo of the Precious Nails used to Crucify Christ to the Cross, and the Crown of Thorns placed on the Precious Head of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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