Today is the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross!! We found the cross above in my sister-in-law's home after she died this past winter. One of Mr. Pete's siblings said that it used to hang in his grandparent's bedroom wall. We were grateful to be able to bring it home and now it hangs in our bedroom.
An appropriate hymn to sing together:
Lift High The Cross
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim,
Till all the world adore His sacred Name.
Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
The hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.
Each newborn servant of the Crucified
Bears on the brow the seal of Him Who died.
O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
As Thou hast promised, draw the world to Thee.
So shall our song of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for victory.
Then From the Universalis Site
The Exaltation of the Cross
What are these Christians about, exalting an instrument of torture?
First, we rejoice that something so terrible should have been transformed into a means of redemption for the whole human race.
Second, we remind ourselves of the fact that Christianity is not an abstract and spiritual religion. It springs from God’s direct intervention in the affairs of the world, a real historical event involving real people and, in the end, a real execution on a real cross. We may theorise and theologise all we like; but all our theorisings and theologisings are nothing without the history on which they are based. Take away that history – take away the Cross – and Christianity is nonsense.
I have a cross that I will put on the dining table for the children to honor and I'll teach the littlest ones how to do that. A simple cross on the table will serve as a good reminder for all of us!
This day of triumph comes just before tomorrow's commemoration of the Sorrowful Mother. We remember Mary in her sorrow because she willingly picked up the cross that was chosen for her, with all of its joys and sorrows.
In the domestic church, that's what we are called to do too, from doing little things like picking up after our children and our spouse, to teaching our children, or working at our jobs- all the things that go with the station of our life, doing the things we were called to do.