Tuesday, August 9, 2011

St. Helena

St. Helena (or St. Helen) was the mother of the Emperor Constantine. She was sent by her son on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where she discovered the True Cross that Jesus was crucified on. The site that she found the cross is where the Church of the Holy Sepulcher stands today. St. Helena is known for her piety and her fervent love of Christ during the days of the very early Church. Her feast day is celebrated on August 8th.

(I meant to have this up yesterday but well, the day got away from us, and the evening was spent with the final details of a new van purchase - yay!)

The kids and I had a little celebration yesterday by making up simple holy cards to display and add to their holy card collection as well as cutting some basil out of the "garden" to place in a vase. It is said that the smell of the basil plant is what guided St. Helena to where the True Cross was hidden.
O Jesus! Through Thy burning love for us, Thou didst will to be nailed to the Cross and to shed Thy Precious Blood for the salvation of souls. In Thy divine plan, St. Helena found Thy triumphant Holy Cross and gave to the Church a priceless treasure. By her prayers, may we obtain the grace of eternal life won for us on Calvary through Thy life-giving Holy Cross. Amen.
St. Helena, pray for us!

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