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A message from St George parish church


Holy Cross Day 14 September 2021

Holy Cross Day has its origins in the alleged finding in Jerusalem of Christ’s True Cross. In the year 326 Empress Helena visited the Holy Land and ordered the demolition of the Roman temple that had been built on the very spot where Jesus had died. According to tradition, in a cave underneath she discovered the cross upon which he had been crucified. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built on the site and consecrated on this day nine years later.
Ultimately this feast is not about an ancient piece of timber, or about the story of its discovery in a far-off cave. What we celebrate is the weight that that ancient length of timber bore: the weight of Jesus of Nazareth; the weight of a blameless life freely given; the weight of a supreme gift of love; the weight of the Saviour of the world.

HymnLift High The Cross

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
’til all the world adores his sacred name.

Come, brethren, follow where our captain trod,
our King victorious, Christ the Son of God.

Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.

Each new-born soldier of the Crucified
bears on his brow the seal of him who died.

This is the sign which Satan’s legions fear
and angels veil their faces to revere:

Saved by the cross whereon their Lord was slain
the sons of Adam their lost home regain.

From north and south, from east and west they raise
in growing unison their song of praise.

O Lord once lifted on the glorious tree
as thou hast promised, draw us unto thee.

Let every race and every language tell
of him who saves our souls from death and hell.

From farthest regions let them homage bring
and on his cross adore their Saviour King.

Set up thy throne, that earth’s despair may cease                                                                            Crucifixion – S Dali
beneath the shadow of its healing peace.

For thy blest cross which doth for all atone
creation’s praises rise before thy throne:

Lift high the cross, the love of Christ
’til all the world adores his sacred name.
 

Lyrics by George William Kitchin (1827 – 1912). Public Domain