TRIDUUM OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS: DAY 1

Introductory note

The veneration of the True Cross of Christ has deep roots in Christian history. The Cross upon which Jesus was crucified was discovered by Saint Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the 4th century. This great discovery led to the widespread veneration of the Holy Cross. Dear friends, the Triduum of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross enables us to enter a period of reflection and devotion that holds great significance in the Catholic faith. This solemn observance invites us to contemplate the central symbol of our faith, the Cross, and its profound meaning in our spiritual journey.

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IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.

Opening Hymn

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
the emblem of suffering and shame;
and I love that old cross where the dearest and best
for a world of lost sinners was slain. [Refrain]

Refrain:
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it someday for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
has a wondrous attraction for me;
for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above
to bear it to dark Calvary. [Refrain]

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross — GottesdienstOpening Prayer

Heavenly Father, on this sacred day, we gather in humble prayer to commemorate the Triduum of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. May your divine presence be with us as we get immersed into the mysteries of your redemptive plan through the Cross of Christ. Grant us wisdom and understanding to grasp the message this day brings (Add your intentions). We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Scriptural Readings & Lessons:

  1. Numbers 21:4b-9: In this passage, we read about the bronze serpent lifted up by Moses in the desert. Those who looked upon it were healed, prefiguring Christ’s elevation on the Cross, bringing spiritual healing and salvation to all who believe.
  2. John 3:13-17: Jesus speaks of His impending crucifixion, emphasizing that the Son of Man must be lifted up, just as Moses lifted up the serpent. Through His sacrifice on the Cross, Christ offers eternal life to those who believe in Him.

Lessons from the Readings:

  1. Healing and Salvation: The first reading from Numbers reminds us that just as the bronze serpent was lifted up in the desert to heal those who looked upon it, Jesus, too, was lifted up on the Cross to bring spiritual healing and salvation. We learn that in times of spiritual affliction, we can turn to the Cross of Christ for healing and redemption.
  2. Eternal Life through Christ: The Gospel reading from John underscores the essential message of Christ’s crucifixion. Jesus affirms that through His sacrifice on the Cross, He offers the gift of eternal life to all who believe in Him. This teaches us that the Cross is not a symbol of despair but a beacon of hope, leading us to everlasting life in God’s presence.
  3. The Necessity of the Cross: Both readings emphasize the necessity of the Cross in God’s plan of salvation. Just as the bronze serpent and Christ were lifted up, the Cross plays a pivotal role in drawing humanity to God’s love and mercy. We learn that it is through the Cross that we encounter the power of God’s grace.
  4. Faith and Belief: In both readings, faith and belief are central themes. In the desert, the Israelites had to believe that looking at the bronze serpent would bring healing. Similarly, we are called to have faith in Christ’s redemptive work on the Cross. These readings remind us that our faith in Christ is the key to receiving the spiritual benefits of His sacrifice.
  5. Unity of the Old and New Testaments: The readings also highlight the continuity between the Old and New Testaments. The bronze serpent and Christ’s crucifixion are connected, illustrating God’s consistent plan of salvation throughout history. This teaches us the importance of studying and understanding the entire Scripture to appreciate the depth of God’s love and purpose.

SHORT LITANY OF THE HOLY CROSS OF CHRIST

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Cross, sign of God’s love, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, source of our salvation, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, symbol of our faith, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, emblem of Christ’s victory, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, hope of the suffering, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, strength of the weak, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, guide for our journey, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, light in our darkness, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, refuge in trials, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, comfort in sorrow, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, healing for the broken-hearted, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, source of forgiveness, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, instrument of redemption, be our protection and refuge
Holy Cross, banner of Christ’s love, be our protection and refuge

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

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

Let us pray: O God, who, by the death of Your Son on the Holy Cross, have granted us the gift of salvation, we humbly beseech You to grant us the grace to embrace the Cross in our lives. May it be for us a source of strength, hope, and transformation. Through the intercession of the Holy Cross of Christ, may we find the path to eternal life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pin on Orações poderosaA SHORT PRAYER OF EXORCISM ASSOCIATED WITH ST. BENEDICT, USING THE CROSS OF CHRIST

“The Cross of our Holy Father Benedict. May the Holy Cross be my light! Let not the dragon be my guide! Begone, Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!”

In Latin: “Crux Sancti Patris Benedicti. Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux! Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux! Vade Retro, Satana! Numquam Suade Mihi Vana! Sunt Mala Quae Libas. Ipse Venena Bibas!”

(N.B: This short exorcism prayer is attributed to St. Benedict, a very powerful prayer, often used for protection and to invoke the power of the Cross of Christ against evil influences. It reflects the strong faith and dedication to Christ’s Cross that St. Benedict is known for in the Catholic tradition).

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Gracious Lord, as we conclude this first day of the Triduum of the Holy Cross, we thank you for the profound message it imparts. May the Cross be for us a source of strength, protection, and redemption. We ask for your guidance and blessings throughout this Triduum, that we may draw closer to the mystery of your love revealed through the Cross. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Amen.

Saint Helena of the Holy Cross, Pray for us!!!

Blessing+

May the Lord Jesus who carried His Cross upon his shoulders to Calvary, nailed on the cross, and redeemed humanity through His Cross and resurrection, bless us + in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Shalom!
ⒸFr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
Paroquia Nossa Senhora de Loreto, São Paulo, Brazil
nozickcjoe@gmail.com / fadacjay@gmail.com

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PS: Have you prayed your Rosary today? 

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Benjamin Adewale Ajai
Benjamin Adewale Ajai
5 months ago

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

Oby Ralph
Oby Ralph
5 months ago

Through the holy cross thy redeem the world

Franca Ekhosuehi
Franca Ekhosuehi
5 months ago

Holy cross,hope of the suffering..be our protection and refuge…

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
5 months ago

We adore you o Christ and we praise you: because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world

christiana
christiana
5 months ago

Lord give me the strength to carry my cross in Jesus name Amen

Roselyn Demawa
Roselyn Demawa
5 months ago

I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it some day for a crown

Nnorodi Anita-mario
Nnorodi Anita-mario
5 months ago

Amen

Emeka Odugu
Emeka Odugu
5 months ago

Holy Cross, symbol of our faith, be our protection and refuge

Lady Pat Sarah ODINE
Lady Pat Sarah ODINE
5 months ago
Reply to  Emeka Odugu

Amen

Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
Anyanwu Akachi Kizito
5 months ago

Lord have mercy

Agwu Amaechi
Agwu Amaechi
5 months ago

Lord have mercy on us

Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
Mary Ziggar Oluremi Lanko
5 months ago

Holy Cross of Jesus Christ, be my hope and Salvation

Comfort Edewor
Comfort Edewor
5 months ago

Jesus on the Cross, save us

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
5 months ago

Amen

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
5 months ago

We adore you O Lord and we praise! you because by the Holy Cross You have Redeemed the World Amen

Vivian Oyih
Vivian Oyih
5 months ago

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

Nora Ekeh
Nora Ekeh
5 months ago

Through ur death on the cross Lord may u grant us pardon for our sins. Amen

Akujieze Mary-Ann
Akujieze Mary-Ann
5 months ago

Amen

Miriam Chigbu
Miriam Chigbu
5 months ago

Holy Cross, light in our darkness, be my protection, the protection if my husband and children and our refuge. Amen

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
5 months ago

Tank u Jesus Christ for saving grace

Innocent chibuike
Innocent chibuike
5 months ago

By ur holy cross restore and heal my family

Adeyanju Adenike Regina
Adeyanju Adenike Regina
5 months ago

Holy Cross, guide for our journey, be our protection and refuge Amen

SCHOLASTICA
SCHOLASTICA
5 months ago

We Adore you O Christ and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the World. Amen

Anazodo Cecilia
Anazodo Cecilia
5 months ago

Amen.

Caroline Edward
Caroline Edward
5 months ago

We adore you o Christ and praise you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world amen

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
5 months ago

Lord have mercy on me. Amen

Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka
Okpalike-Onyebueke Chiamaka
5 months ago

We adore You oh Christ and we praise You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.

“May the Holy Cross be my light! Let not the dragon be my guide! Begone, Satan! Never tempt me with your vanities! What you offer me is evil. Drink the poison yourself!”

Magdalene Omono
Magdalene Omono
5 months ago

Amen

Emeka Alu
Emeka Alu
5 months ago

Saint Helena of the Holy Cross, Pray for us!!!

Priscilla
Priscilla
5 months ago

Holy Cross, refuge in trials, be our protection and refuge

Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
Maureen Obiageli ldiegbe
5 months ago

I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it some day for a crown.

Imelda Asuquo
Imelda Asuquo
5 months ago

May the Holy Cross always remain a guide to everyone in my family and draw us closer to God, deliver us from evil Amen.

Okolie Blessing
Okolie Blessing
5 months ago

Amen

Roses Utsaha
Roses Utsaha
5 months ago

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

Angela Sewuese Abutu.
Angela Sewuese Abutu.
5 months ago

Amen

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
5 months ago

Holy Cross of Christ, be our protection and our refuge . AMEN

Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
Uchenna Aham-Anyanwu
5 months ago

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

Adaobi Val
Adaobi Val
5 months ago

AMEN

Regina Ikpeni
Regina Ikpeni
5 months ago

May the Lord Jesus Christ through his cross and resurrection bless and protect us. Amen

Ezinne
Ezinne
5 months ago

Amen

Igbenije Patience
Igbenije Patience
5 months ago

We adore you and we praise you
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
5 months ago

We adore thy O Christ, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world, Amen.

Ominyi Ada
Ominyi Ada
5 months ago

We adore thee oh Christ and we praise the, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world, Amen.

Ufy
Ufy
5 months ago

Amen. By His Cross, me and my entire household are saved and protected from all evil and dangers. Amen.

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
5 months ago

Amen!!!

Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
Ijeoma Jennifer Korie
5 months ago

Holy Cross, sign of God’s love, be our protection and refuge. Amen!

Obanor Oghenenyore
Obanor Oghenenyore
5 months ago

Holly cross of Jesus

Ajayi Roseline
Ajayi Roseline
5 months ago

Saint Helena of the Holy Cross, Pray for us

Nkechi Bature-Uzor
Nkechi Bature-Uzor
5 months ago

Amen and Amen .

John juliet
John juliet
5 months ago

Amen

Felicity
Felicity
5 months ago

St Helena of the Holy Cross, pray for us. Amen

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