The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September is upon us!

With it comes many wonderful feast days to celebrate in the Catholic Church. One such day is September 14 — The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This feast day commemorates the recovery of the cross, which had been discovered by St. Helena, but had been taken out of Jerusalem by the Persians. In 629 A.D. Emperor Heralius brought the cross back to Jerusalem.

One way to remember this special feast day is to us a cross cookie cutter (which you should be able to find at a Hobby Lobby or other craft store) to make cross cookies. After baking the cookies, frost them all with red icing except one — use white icing on that cross.

After the frosting dries, put each cross cookie in a separate ziploc bag. Hide the bags all over your house and play a game with your younger children. The first one to find the white cookie wins! Of course they all get to partake in eating the tasty treats.

While enjoying the cookies, talk about this special feast day and what Christ did for us on the cross. How great is His love that He would die so we could have eternal life!

Another way to celebrate is to make a cross out of items you have around your house. We used some wooden crosses, poster board, pastels, glitter, and tiny colored rocks that were perfect for creating our cross.

This is our cross:

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Older children can do research on different ways the cross has been depicted for Christians around the world and throughout history. Here’s a great web site for this:

http://www.planetgast.net/symbols/crosses/crosses.html

Have your child draw or make one of the crosses shown on that site. Write a paragraph about the cross he/she made. Use facts from the above site and find other resources online for additional information. Have your child make an oral presentation to the family displaying the cross and sharing what was learned.

Another great resource to learn about this feast day is:

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2014-09-14

We adore You O Christ and we praise You,
Because by Your Holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

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