The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Today's feast celebrates a double anniversary in Jerusalem. Constantine erected a round church, the Anastasis, above the empty grave of Jesus, and the basilica, the Martyrium; in the square between the two churches, a shrine, Calvarium, marking the place of the crucifixion. Dedicated in 335, they were destroyed by the Persians in 614. The two churches were rebuilt by Patriarch Modestus of Jerusalem around 626, but we're later destroyed by the Muslims in 1009. The present church of the Holy Seplechur, rebuilt by the Crusaders, was dedicated c. 1149. Today also commemorated the discovery of the Lord Cross by the Empress St. Helena in 320.
13 And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting.
16 For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him.