Recovery Of The True Cross of Jesus Christ By Heraclius

King Chosroes of Persia 590 – 628, (before the muslims conquered Persia), in 614 conquered Jerusalem and took the treasures of Jerusalem back with him to Persia.  Included in the treasures was the True Cross on which Jesus Died.  chapel1700

At the Battle of Ninevah, 627, the Emperor Heraclius won.  Chosroes son, Kavadh II executed all his father and his brothers and claimed himself king of Persia.battlebetweenheraclius700

He made peace with Emperor Heraclius, where he returned to them all their lost territories, but also gave him the True Cross and the other relics that had been stolen from Jerusalem.

exaltationofthecross700Heraclius then brought back the True Cross to Jerusalem to be placed in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre built over Calvary where Jesus was crucified.  He wanted to carry the cross into Jerusalem, but was unable to do so.  discoveryandproof2700St. Helen venerating The True Cross

The Patriarch of Jerusalem told him; ‘How can an Emperor carry the cross into Jerusalem dressed in fine close when Jesus carried in poverty.  So the Emperor took off his fine clothes, put on sackcloth and barefoot, and was then able to carry the cross into the Basilica.discoveryandproof700Discovery of the True Cross and the Miracle of the Dead Man coming back to life by it.

On September 14, the Sacred Cross was restored to its place in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  To commemorate this victory, in the seventh century A.D., the Church of Rome adopted the “Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross” on September 14.

We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know the power of the sign of the cross.