Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Benjamin Life on Planet Earth

On September 14th the Church celebrates the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which is a beautiful reminder of the importance of the suffering and death of Our Lord through which we can receive salvation. In the city of Rome, one of the seven major basilicas is Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, or the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. It was built in the 4th Century at the Sessorian Palace, which belonged to Helena the mother of Emperor Constantine I. The church was built to house the relics of the True Cross and also earth from the city of Jerusalem, so that a piece of that holy city could be in Rome (hence the “in Jerusalem” part of the name). The basilica’s current artwork is from the Baroque.