The Cross on which Our Blessed Lord suffered for us was, following Jewish usage, buried on Mt. Calvary after the crucifixion. The precise spot was revealed in a vision to the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine, the First Christian Emperor.
This date commemorates the recovery of the True Cross in the reign of the Emperor Heraclius and its delivery by him about the year 629 into the hands of Patriarch Zacharias of Jerusalem, from which city it has been carried away some years previously by the Persians with the object of transporting it to their own country. Continue reading