TODAY IS the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

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What was a sign of unspeakable cruelty and defeat
became a symbol of triumph and and victory
by the Resurrection of Jesus and the grace of God.
— pjw

A prayer to the Holy Cross

By you hell is despoiled, O Holy Cross.
By you its mouth is stopped up to all the redeemed.
By you demons are made afraid and restrained,
conquered and trampled underfoot.
By you the world is renewed
and made beautiful with truth,
governed by the light of righteousness,
By you sinful humanity is justified,
the condemned are saved,
the servants of sin and hell are set free,
the dead are raised to life.
By you the blessed city in heaven
Is restored and made perfect.
By you God, the Son of God willed for our sakes
“to become obedient to the Father, even unto death.”
Because of which he is exalted and has received
“the name which is above every other name.”
By you ”his throne is prepared”
And his kingdom established.

— St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

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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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2 Responses to TODAY IS the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross

  1. This is such a beautiful prayer. I am so thankful that the Church has given us this feast day to really contemplate what Jesus achieved through his death on the cross. It is such an example of how God uses the bad for good. What is worse than killing God? But God was able to turn this into the most important and spectacular in the history of the world!

  2. Barbara Lilly says:

    Kristen, I never thought of killing God. Interresting but I think you are so right. I like reading the prayers and taking a few moments to think through them.

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