Friday, September 14, 2007

Holy Rood Day

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
Officially known as the Feast of the Cross or Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, today used also to be called Holy Rood Day, or Roodmas. Some authorities say the Catholic Church feast commemorates the restoration of the 'True Cross' to Calvary in 629, after the victory of Emperor Heraclius over the Persians.

Others say it commemorates the raising of the 'true' Christian cross in the church at Jerusalem in 335 (some sources say 326) by the Empress Helena of Constantinople, mother of Constantine the Great. Today may be considered a christianization of the ancient Eleusis feast of Demeter (see Greater Eleusinian Mysteries).

In 1561, John Calvin wrote a tract that said that if all the pieces of the True Cross were gathered together, they would load a large ship, and would take 300 men, not one, to carry it ...

Holy nuts
Today is also traditionally known in Britain as Devil’s Nutting Day (a custom which persisted in England until the First World War), or the Day of the Holy Nut, and hazel nuts gathered today are said to have magical powers ...

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