At Saint Mary’s, each class from grades three through eight is assigned to prepare and fill the active parts for a special feast day each semester.

Last week, the sixth graders were assigned the September 14th feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, when the Church celebrates the discovery and recovery of the True Cross of Jesus Christ.

The date of this discovery, according to tradition was May 3, 326 A.D. Saint Helena, the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, after her conversion to Christianity, had made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The identity of the True Cross to which Jesus had been nailed occurred on September 14th in the year 335 A.D.

Even today, the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem (the Via Dolorosa) end at that very place.

The relic of the True Cross, now in its place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, was brought there on the September 14th anniversary of the dedication of that Church –and the date on which Jerusalem chose to celebrate the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross.

Our sixth graders put in a lot of practice time for their feast mass. They did a wonderful job! Congratulations, Sixth graders!!!

To view all the pictures from practice and Mass, please click here: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross