Monday, 14 September 2009
Feast of the Exaltation of Holy Cross
Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, marking the date of the dedication of the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem in 335. The feast itself really celebrates both the original finding of the true Cross by the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great in 326, and most especially its recovery from the Persians by the Emperor Heraclius in 628.
For traditionalists of course it has an additional particular significance as the date that Summorum Pontificum came into effect two years ago.
And on this later event, I invite you to do is to join me in the following Novena of the Holy Cross, starting from today, for the unity of Catholics:<
Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified
and to shed Your Most Precious Blood
for the redemption and salvation of our souls,
look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for,
the unity and healing from all wounds of Catholics, especially those attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread,
lighten the burden of our sufferings,bless our families,
and grant to the nations,
so sorely afflicted,Your Peace, which is the only true peace,
so that by obeying Your Commandments
we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.