Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

According to the Magnificat, today's feast day is associated with the dedication of the basilica of the Resurrection. The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross falls between Yom Kippur and the feast of Booths, which celebrates the dedication of the Temple.

From the dedication of the basilica:

"Now we know that the Letter to the Hebrews interprets the sacrifice of Christ in reference to the Day of Atonement (Heb 9: 6-12), and that it was during the feast of Booths that Jesus declared, If anyone thirsts let him come to me" (Jn 7:37).

The Magnificat concludes that,"For Christians the cross is the sign of the hope of the kingdom that the Jewish people celebrated at the feast of Booths."