The origins of Holy Cross Day as a Feast of the Church hearken back to the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, traditionally believed to have been built over the sites of the crucifixion and tomb of Jesus (Marion J. Hatchett, Commentary on the American Prayer Book).
As part of our identity as people of the Way of the Cross, we bow in service to others. The North East Mission Area has for the past three years dedicated a day of service in September to commemorate Holy Cross Day (September 14th) and offer our own service to our neighbors and neighborhoods.
Following a warm reception last year, we will again collect health and hygiene products for distribution through our partners in service, the Euclid Hunger Center. Of particular need are feminine hygiene products, laundry detergent, and toothbrushes/toothpaste.
The Collect for Holy Cross Day reads as follows:
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.