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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

One of my favorite Feasts of the liturgical year is today. For this reason, I’d like to share with you a little piece I found in an old prayer book of mine.

At matins bound, at Prime reviled
Condemned to death at Terce,
Nailed to the Cross at Sext.
At None His blessed Side they pierced,
They take Him down at Vesper-Tide,
In the grave at Compline lay,
Who henceforth bids His Church observe
These sevenfold hours alway.

This is why the Church customarily observes the various “Hours” of the Liturgy of the Hours, Divine Office, Roman Breviary, etc. It’s really quite beautiful, knowing why you pray at the time you do. So today, as you go through your classes, your office duties, your house chores, call to mind that which was suffered for you by Our Lord. The video below is the famous hymn “Crux Fidelis,” one of the earliest and most beautiful prayers dealing with the significance of the Holy Cross.

FAITHFUL Cross! above all other, one and only noble Tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom, none in fruit thy peers may be; sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
Sweetest Weight is hung on thee!

SING, my tongue, the Savior’s glory; tell His triumph far and wide; tell aloud the famous story of His body crucified; how upon the cross a victim, vanquishing in death, He died.

Blessing, honor, everlasting, to the immortal Deity; to the Father, Son, and Spirit, equal praises ever be; glory through the earth and heaven to Trinity in Unity. Amen.

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