Monday, September 14, 2009

Exaltation of the Cross

Protestants here often comment that Catholics are so interested in Mary and "obscuring doctrines" that we miss the gospel message. I wanted to point out that throughout the liturgical year we are always pointed towards Christ and today's feast is a good example. Today is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and we remember Christ's sacrifice and death on the cross as well as his resurrection and triumph. You can read more about this interesting day in the link below.

Exaltation of the Cross

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just evelyn said...

Unfortunately, this will feel like idolatry to many conservative evangelical/fundamentalist Protestants. . .If Mary is "just a vessel," then the Cross is really just a couple of random sticks of wood.

That said, the Good Friday service with veneration of the Cross is amazing. The whole physical and incarnational aspect of having something to see and touch to go back in time and remember is deeply moving.

Elena said...

You're probably right Evelyn - although I think the same argument could be flung at them about idolizing a book.

Moonshadow said...

I couldn't help but notice how related yesterday's Gospel acclamation from Gal. 6:14 was to today's feast - "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world." And we sang a hymn or two that one generally sings on Good Friday.

But the Gospel acclamation was some coincidence.