Today Catholics celebrate "The Exaltation of the Holy Cross," the day on which the fourth century basilica of the Resurrection (now known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre) was dedicated in Jerusalem and the date of the finding of the True Cross. As Christians, we recognize that the holy cross is the most important symbol of our salvation for the cross is a symbolic summary of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection. We are to exalt, to "lift high the cross" (to quote the words of a familiar hymn) in our daily lives and in all that we do.
|Holy Cross, San Clemente, Rome|
(detail, 12th century mosaic)