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Ascension of the Cross

Ascension of the Cross

Today the feast of the "Ascension of the Holy Cross" is celebrated. Saint Helen, the mother of Saint Emperor Constantine the Great, is the one whom God has given, shortly before his death, to find in Jerusalem the cross of the Lord's crucifixion.

Today the feast of the "Ascension of the Holy Cross" is celebrated. Saint Helen, the mother of Saint Emperor Constantine the Great, is the one whom God has given, shortly before his death, to find in Jerusalem the cross of the Lord's crucifixion.
But because there were the crosses of the two thieves crucified on Golgotha ​​on the right and left of Jesus, things could only be cleared by a miracle: while the crosses of the robes showed no sign , the cross of the Lord raised a widowed woman from death, at the mere touch of her coffin.
The earthquake, the emperor knelt down and kissed the holy wood, and the people around him, crouching down, would have wanted everyone to touch him and kiss him, but this was not possible, because he had gathered a lot, they asked at least to he can all see the cross of salvation.

Then the Blessed Macarie, Patriarch of the place, raised the cross above the pulpit (as seen in the icon), and the people began to shout with infinite joy, "Lord, have mercy on us with the power of your cross." And since then, the feast of the Ascension of the Holy Cross is held, for which the Church has fasted and fasted.
The cross remains the most important sign of Christianity, and its special honor has spread especially since the fourth century, since the time of the Holy Emperors Constantine and Helen. It is celebrated through special jobs, in villages through open air jobs, in trout.
It is a day in which it is fasted, avoiding the consumption of foods considered to be marked with the sign of the cross (fish, walnut, garlic). There are mums (new ulcers with water covered with colacel and candles) especially in homes with children. The popular tradition considers this day as the "closing of the earth", meaning all ganganias and snakes enter the earth where they winter until Alexii (March 17).
It is also the last day when weeds are harvested because "the soil dries", the remaining plants are considered unclean. Now begins the harvesting of vineyards, special tasks of blessing the fruit and the barrels for wine are meant to ensure a quality production. When picking, the last log of the vine is considered "the grapes of God".
Source: Day