blank'/> SHARING CATHOLIC TRUTH: SEPTEMBER 14 - Feast - Exaltation of the Holy Cross --- Jn 3:13-17 --- 14 ta' Settembru - L-Eżaltazzjoni tas-Salib Imqaddes

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SEPTEMBER 14 - Feast - Exaltation of the Holy Cross --- Jn 3:13-17 --- 14 ta' Settembru - L-Eżaltazzjoni tas-Salib Imqaddes








 



The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in 320 under the temple of Venus in Jerusalem, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.
The basilica, named the Martyrium, and the shrine, named the Calvarium, were destroyed by the Persians in 614. The Church of the Holy sepulcher which now stands on the site was built by the crusaders in 1149.
However the feast, more than anything else, is a celebration and commemoration of God's greatest work: his salvific death on the Cross and His Resurrection, through which death was defeated and the doors to Heaven opened.
The entrance antiphon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is: "We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection: through him we are saved and made free."
 
Collect Prayer: O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
 
Source: Catholic News Agency
 
 
 
HOLY MASS READINGS
on September 14
THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS 




 

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Evanġelju
Ġw 3:13-17


Qari mill-Evanġelju skont San Ġwann

F’dak iż-żmien, Ġesù qal lil Nikodemu: "[Ġw:3:13] Ħadd ma tela' s-sema ħlief Bin il-bniedem, li niżel mis-sema. [Ġw:3:14] U kif Mosè rafa' s-serp  fid-deżert, hekk jeħtieġ li jkun merfugħ Bin il-bniedem, [Ġw:3:15] biex kull min jemmen fih ikollu l-ħajja ta' dejjem. [Ġw:3:16] Għax Alla hekk ħabb lid-dinja li ta lil Ibnu l-waħdieni, biex kull min jemmen fih ma jintilifx, iżda jkollu l-ħajja ta' dejjem. [Ġw:3:17] Għax Alla ma bagħatx lil Ibnu fid-dinja biex jagħmel ħaqq mid-dinja, imma biex id-dinja ssalva."



Il-Kelma tal-Mulej
R/. Tifħir lilek Kristu.



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Triumph of the Cross





At the Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Pope Francis said the mystery of the Cross is a great mystery for mankind, a mystery that can only be approached in prayer and in tears.





Pope Francis at Santa Marta explains the meaning of the Cross









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