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  • Exultation of the Holy Cross

    The Story of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ’s life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Savior’s tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher on that spot. During the excavation, workers found three crosses. Legend has it that the one on which Jesus died was identified when its touch healed a dying woman.

    The cross immediately became an object of veneration. At a Good Friday celebration in Jerusalem toward the end of the fourth century, according to an eyewitness, the wood was taken out of its silver container and placed on a table together with the inscription Pilate ordered placed above Jesus’ head: Then “all the people pass through one by one; all of them bow down, touching the cross and the inscription, first with their foreheads, then with their eyes; and, after kissing the cross, they move on.”

    To this day, the Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox alike, celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the September anniversary of the basilica’s dedication. The feast entered the Western calendar in the seventh century after Emperor Heraclius recovered the cross from the Persians, who had carried it off in 614, 15 years earlier. According to the story, the emperor intended to carry the cross back into Jerusalem himself but was unable to move forward until he took off his imperial garb and became a barefoot pilgrim.

                       Information from Franciscan Media.org 

    Holy Cross Novena

    Jesus, who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for…(mention here)

    We trust completely in Your Mercy.

    Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace, sanctify our work, give us and all those who are dear to us our daily bread, lighten the burden of our sufferings, bless our families, and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted, Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may come at last to the glory of Heaven. 

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  • Please pray for these intentions

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    • Please pray for my son to overcome his difficulties.
    • For Alyssa, Doug, our Children, our Church and our Country
    • For my daughter Maria Hopefully the treatments will help her
    • Please pray for my local family business
    • FOR HEALING IN MY MARRIAGE
    • Praying for the Peace of Christ to reign in this land as well as in each of our hearts
    • Please pray that my my life becomes better, less stress more peace
    • Richard
    • For my father going through a very difficult time
    • Family to reunite with each other. Bring Greg home. Good health for myself and my husband and our family. The answer to a special intention my husband is praying for. Good health for my sister. Take care of Linda, Maryann, Diane and Rosemary. For my husband and I to renew our vows on our 50th anniversary in Sept. Amen
    • For my nephew, that he find his way to his true healthy self
    • For my niece
    • For health and peace for my grand niece and brother-in-law, and for our country and all our children.
    • For my husband and daughter’s father who passed 2 years ago from pancreatic cancer.  For those fighting this dreadful disease and all those with cancer…. May they find peace.
    • For my nephew Claudio and my friend Tommy ,both have cancer
    • The Heath of my sister Maryann
    • Protect the people in Ukraine and bring peace.
    • For my brother who is fighting deadly infectious disease
    • Please pray for me Yesterday I fell and broke my leg I’m having surgery today
    • For my niece who has cancer
    • Please Pray for my daughter Maria She is battling cancer for the 3rd time
    • Granddaughter help her through her anxiety.
    • For  my brother who has leukemia and is in need of healing. Needs to become father.
    • Pray for my son to overcome his mental issues and turn to Jesus for help and guidance in all things.
    • For my daughter to enjoy her life and come back to the church
    • For my children to embrace their faith
    • The souls of the faithful departed. (AB) For peace and clarity with future opportunities.
    • By the intercession of St Padre Pio please king Jesus Christ heal my parents and grant them your salvation; deliver me from darkness and grant me wisdom and wealth. Amen
    • For a successful job interview to replace lost income.
    • For a successful job interview to replace lost incomeFor my children’s hearts to be converted so they turn to their faith for comfort, to the church and it’s catechism for guidance, and to the Holy Spirit for Wisdom.
    • Peace in the family
    • Please God. Give My Mom Strength and Cure her from Cancer. Amen
    • Please cure my Mom from Cancer We need her. Also, please give her and my family strength. Amen. 
    • Family to reunite with each other. Also, good health for myself and my husband. Prayers for a recovery from surgery for 3 friends and a job to work out for my nephew and for my sister to not be alone. I ask that in Jesus’ name Amen
    • For our family to return to being together again and talk and see each other again. For good health.
    • Please pray for my youngest sister, Joyce, who has Stage 4 Metastatic Lung Cancer.
    • Please God, Padre Pio and St Raphael please heal My Mom Kathleen from cancer. Please send her strength and please cure her from This. Amen
    • I pray for Father John and all Priests to feed God’s sheep and I pray that I may always keep my family safe and secure and close to Jesus.
    • Please pray for one of our Parish families that is experiencing difficulties at this time
    • For my daughter, Colleen (confirmed Kateri), that she soon finds a safe and affordable place to move in NYC.
    • Marielle, Mary, Pat, William, Will, Brianna
    • Please pray that my husband’s job is moved back to New Jersey so he can remain working and living near his family. Thank you!
    • Please pray for my great niece. Mental, physical and spiritual health, for her peace and safety.
    • Please pray for the health of my husband Wayne to regain his strength to walk and fully recover from illness that has taken away the quality of his life.
    • For my mother, and other deceased family that they are at peace.
    • For all those who feel alone, lost and without hope that they receive grace and peace
    • For my son and daughter, as they await approval for a transplant operation
    • Asking for my friends at St. Leo the Great to please pray for my mother. She needs your prayers as she is in the hospital fighting for her life. Thank you for all your prayers! In Jesus' name, AMEN! 
    • Please pray for my daughter and son who struggle with anxiety and depression .
    • Virginia, mother of Cynthia, parishioner
    • Willingness to manage my mental health, and finding the strength to fight through the deep depression that is making my life feel so dark and hopeless.
    • Mom and Dad. Also Good buddy Harold
    • Please pray for good health for those who are sick & suffering.
    • For the health and well-being of my family
    • To be a better mother
    • I pray for all those who are unemployed or underemployed because of the pandemic
    • I pray for my dear friend the most loving and caring nurse I know.
    • Thomas
    • For my niece who contracted COVID away at college and is sick, scared and alone.
    • Please pray for my son Patrick who struggles with mental illness. Thank you
    • For the health of my family members
    • Please pray for active duty military in Iraq and Kuwait. In light of the recent activity, please pray for the safety of a member of our parish and the troops serving our country. Thank you.
    • Please Pray that my family will come back to the church
    • Please pray for my best friend - that she finds a treatment for her illness that she has been battling so valiantly.
    • For Pete who has Covid and pneumonia. And for his wife Regina, probably from stress, who ended up in the ER this week
    • For a new treatment to work for Ernest. Give him & his family the physical & mental strength to endure this journey.
    • Our Lady of Lourdes, please give Ernest the strength to endure the new treatments for Multiple Myloma which he has had for 5 years. We pray these new treatments will strengthen him
    • Please pray for my son DR who struggles with ADHD and anxiety.