Note to readers: Liturgical entries on this blog are based on the traditional calendar of the Books of Common Prayer and the traditional one-year Eucharistic lectionary. If you follow a newer calendar or three-year lectionary, there are variations in names for some Sundays and in the readings.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Holy Cross Day

As a church observance, Holy Cross Day (14 September) has roots in the fourth century when the Emperor Constantine's mother decided to look for Christ's cross. While one may doubt if the remnants of that cross could or can be identified, and while one can reject certain medieval rites associated with crosses, it is appropriate to remember Christ's cross on this day and throughout the year. Holy Cross Day was retained as a minor observance or "black-letter day" in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Furthermore, commemorating the cross accords well with the fact that the cross is at the core of Christian doctrine and has always been the central Christian symbol.

So on this day, may we focus on the instrument used by God for our redemption. Although crucifixion is truly horrible, Christ has transformed the cross. May we truly glory in the cross of Christ "towering o'er the wrecks of time."