TODAY IS the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

[When The Passion of the Christ was released in movie theaters in 2004 it became perhaps the most striking example of how movies about Jesus do a much better job expressing the suffering of the Cross with little or nothing about the glory of the Cross. Today’s Feast invites believers to celebrate the glory of the Cross when salvation was won and begun through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Here is a beautiful and ancient prayer that is both moving and memorable.]

I give You glory, O Christ,
because You, the Only-begotten,
the Lord of all,
underwent the death of the Cross
to free my sinful soul from the bonds of sin.
What shall I give to You, O Lord,
in return for all this kindness?

Glory to You, O Lord,
for Your love,
for Your mercy,
for Your patience.

Glory to You,
for forgiving us all our sins,
for coming to save our souls,
for Your incarnation in the Virgin’s womb.

Glory to You,
for Your bonds,
for receiving the cut of the lash,
for accepting mockery.

Glory to You,
for Your crucifixion,
for Your burial,
for Your resurrection.

Glory to You,
for Your resurrection,
for being preached to men,
for being taken up heaven.

Glory to You who sit at the Father’s right hand
and will return in glory.

Glory to You for willing that the sinner
be saved through Your great mercy and compassion.

— St. Ephrem of Syria.  (306-373)


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to TODAY IS the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

  1. Lisa Musolin says:

    What a super way to begin a very long day. Thank You Jesus!

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