14 September 2009

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

But it behooves us to glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: in Whom is our salvation, life, and resurrection: by Whom we are saved, and delivered.

Today's feast day is a big one for the nearby Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross) in the Wienerwald. The largest relic of the True Cross North of the Alps has been here since the 12th century when Margrave Leopold V received it from one of the kings Baldwin of Jerusalem. We attended a pontifical high Mass there this morning, in the course of which two monks made profession of their perpetual vows. The relic was exposed upon the altar throughout the entire Liturgy.

Afterwards, we made Maria pose in front of the statue of St. Leopold III, the Margrave of Austria who founded Heiligenkreuz.

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