It is said that St Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem to search out places where Christ had lived. Tradition held that the site of Christ’s tomb had had a pagan temple built over it at a later date. Helena demolished the temple and caused the site to be excavated. There, three crosses were found. One of the crosses healed a dying woman, and so was taken to be the True Cross of Christ. During the seventh century, the Cross was removed by the Persians, it is believed, but was restored to Jerusalem about fifteen years later. The feast of the Finding of the True Cross was kept on 3 May until 1960, when it was removed from the Roman Calendar. Both events are thus held in mind on today’s feast.

May the Cross of Christ be your light, strength and hope; and may Our Lord Himself bless you this day.