September 2019 Letter

Holy Cross Day:


Saturday, September 14th, marks the celebration of Holy Cross Day—one of the earliest annual celebrations of the Church. Holy Cross Day traditionally commemorated the discovery of the original cross of Jesus on September 14, 320 A.D., in Jerusalem. The cross was found by Helena, mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (272 – 337 AD). In conjunction with the dedication of a basilica at the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, the festival day was made official by order of Constantine in 335 AD.


A devout Christian, Helena had helped locate many sites related to the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus throughout the biblical lands. Holy Cross Day has remained popular in both Eastern and Western Christianity. As a result, many Lutheran parishes have chosen to use “Holy Cross” as the name of their congregation (e.g., Holy Cross Lutheran Church-Goehner, NE and Holy Cross Lutheran Church-Kearney, NE).


Merciful God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, was lifted high upon the cross that He might bear the sins of the world and draw all people to Himself. Grant that we who glory in His death for our redemption may faithfully heed His call to bear the cross and follow Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


September Blessings!


Pastor David A. Feddern