The Feast of the Holy Cross

The Weekly Clothesline

Posted 9/13/22

Wednesday, September 14, is the Feast of the Holy Cross, and I was reminded of my visit...

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The Feast of the Holy Cross

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Wednesday, September 14, is the Feast of the Holy Cross, and I was reminded of my visit to the Holy Land, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Built over the holy hill of Golgotha, it wasn’t at all what I expected.

I look for quiet and awe in church, but this church was chaotic—ancient lanterns and icons everywhere, hordes of people looking for an experience. Going up a narrow stairway, fifteen feet above the present floor level, we came to Calvary itself. A Greek Orthodox altar marks the place of the Crucifixion, and under the altar, people could reach through a hole in the floor to touch the bedrock of Golgotha. When it was my turn to touch the holy relic, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine the awe of the moment. What did that experience mean to me? What does the cross mean to me…to you?

The power of the cross isn’t that we can touch Golgotha, where Jesus died for me…for you. The power of the cross is that he was a person just like me — just like you — except without sin who, even though he was God, allowed himself to be brutally beaten, nailed to a cross, and lifted up for all to see: all this so that we might be saved from sin and death.

About the author: Previously the priest at St. Francis of Assisi in Lake Placid for 21 years, Rev. Elizabeth L. Nelson is now the Priest at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in LaBelle.

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