The Name of Our New Parish

The Feast we celebrate every September 14th is called the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. Many books still contain the old name, “Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.” Both names for the feast are actually used by the Catholic Church. This feast could be paired with Good Friday and the Feast of the Sacred Heart. All three days call for red vestments. All three feasts celebrate different aspects of the same mystery of faith. Good Friday is the commemoration of the sacrificial death of Our Lord on the Cross. The Feast of the Sacred Heart celebrates the inestimable love poured out for us on the Cross. The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross celebrates the Cross as no longer a sign of humiliation and death, as it was for the ancient Romans, but now as the sign of our triumph in Christ. We begin and end all our prayers by making the sign of the Cross, so important is this sign to us. “We adore you, Oh Christ, and we praise you. For, by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.”

Fr. Tim McGuire

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