Monday, September 14, 2009

The Triumph of the Cross!

We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless thee,
for by thy cross thou hast redeemed the world.

Today is the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross! Today we remember and celebrate the freedom we received from the Cross. What an amazing gift we have been given! What great love God has for us, and may we always remember His love and continue to be vessels of that love to all we meet!

Here are some excerpts from a homily by John Paul II on this feast day in 2003! What an amazing and wise pope we were blessed with for so many years!

Ideas For Celebrating the Triumph of the Cross
  1. Make cross shaped cookies
  2. Pray the Stations of the Cross
  3. Draw special attention to crucifixes in the home
  4. Sing songs about God's love for us and the victory of the Cross
  5. Make drawings and color pictures of the cross and the Passion of Our Lord
Here is one of my favorite hymns to sing throughout today:

Lift High The Cross Hymn


Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world adore His sacred Name.

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


Each newborn servant of the Crucified
Bears on the brow the seal of Him Who died.


O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised, draw the world to Thee.


So shall our song of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for victory.


For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him may not perish, but have everlasting life.

- John 3:16


  1. Thanks again, Erin - a great remembrance for the feast today. We'll be able to go to Mass together as a family tonight (a Monday night ritual).

    Funny thing, one of Bella's lullabies is that hymn. (she, ahem, had a rough first 6 months.) We sang it yesterday at Mass and her little eyes started drifting!

  2. Kate,
    That is so sweet! I wish I could see your beautifuls girls...and of course you!

  3. um yeah beautiful...I can spell!