18 September 2011

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The nearby Cistercian Abbey of Heiligenkreuz celebrates the external solemnity of the exaltation of the cross on the Sunday following the actual feast day, with a solemn Mass at 3pm, followed by a procession with the largest relic of the true cross North of the Alps. Afterwards there is an opportunity for each person to venerate the relic with a kiss.

Most of the student body set off on foot from Trumau a little after 7am to make the 23km pilgrimage to the holy place. The walk itself is also quite beautiful. It begins in the farm fields of Trumau, passes through the town of Traiskirchen and the rolling vineyards above Pfaffstätten, and then enters the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) for the remainder of the way.

The Mystical Heart of the Wienerwald

Stifit Heiligenkreuz - Interior

Relic of the True Cross of Christ

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