Friday, 14 September 2007

The Exaltation of the Cross

"When I am lifted up from the earth, I shall draw all people to myself" - the words of Our Lord speak of Him being 'lifted up': a reference both to His being taken up into glory and His suffering on the Cross. Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, a great feast of Christ's love for us shown on the Cross; a great feast of His victory - the victory of love over death. On this day, this feast, in 1859, a cross nearly 10ft in height was placed at the top of the Cathedral, one of the last things to be completed before the Cathedral was consecrated on October 4th. 148 years later, it still stands above the city of Lancaster, inviting its people to be drawn close to the Lord.