From that moment people venerated his cross. An ancient eye-witness on Good Friday in the basilica recalled the veneration liturgy. Its wood was taken out of its silver chest. It was placed on a table with the inscription Pilate ordered placed above Jesus. The eyewitness recalled: “all the people pass by one by one, all bowing themselves, they touch the Cross and the title, first with their foreheads and then with their eyes; then they kiss the Cross & pass….”1 We do that, too; so we “Do not forget!”
- Rest in our triune God who decided from their eternity that the Second Person become one of us to save humans and enlighten us.
- Ask St. Paul, St. Helena and your patron saint to welcome you into the bright shadow of Jesus’ cross.
- Chat with Jesus: praise him for dying and rising for you; thank him for giving his life so you may have life eternal.
- Ask Jesus for grace to remember with your heart and feel more deeply Jesus’ died and rose for you. “Do not forget!”
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave it to us so we would carry his works with us and do them by the power of his Spirit. “Do not forget!”
- The Pilgrimage of Etheria. M.L. McClure and C. L. Feltoe, ed. and trans. London: SPCK, 1919, pp 74-75.
- Galatians 2.19.
- Galatians 2.20—I rendered Paul’s testimony plural for this homily.