St. Helena: Discoverer of the True Cross

St. Helena

In light of the theft and recent recovery of the relic of the True Cross from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston – today’s “Saint of the Day” is noteworthy. Today – August 18 – is the feast of St. Helena – Empress mother of Constantine the Great.  She converted to Christianity and performed many acts of charity, including building churches in Rome and in the Holy Land. On a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Helena discovered the True Cross. In liturgical art Helena is depicted as an empress, holding a cross.

Read more about the traditions of the “finding of the true cross” here.

 The relic of the true cross has been a part of the church since early in the 19th century when  Boston’s first bishop – Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus gave it to the then diocease and the first cathederal .