VATICAN INSIDER: AN EMPEROR’S MOTHER AND RELICS OF THE PASSION
Our pilgrimage this weekend on “Vatican Insider” takes us to the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem where the Empress St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine was the inspiration for the church we see today. In fact, the story of St. Helena, her conversion to Christianity, her trips to the Holy Land and her recovery of relics linked to Christ’s passion and death, which she subsequently brought to Rome, is as interesting – and, in a way, beautiful – as the church itself. St. Helena’s faith, her devotion to the Cross and, of course, the relics themselves – part of the true Cross, a nail, thorns from the Crown of Thorns and the wood inscription affixed to the Cross bearing the words in three languages: “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” – these are all the very raison d’etre for the basilica.
Join me as I take you through this wonderful basilica on this weekend that we are marking the passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. (photo: tripadvisor)
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