Celebration “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”
The next Friday the 14 of September the Church celebrates the feast of the "Feast of the Cross". In San Juan del Hospital we retain a relic of the "Lignum Crucis" which will remain on display all day for the veneration of the faithful. At 19h Mass will be held in which participates Capilla del Cristo de las Penas ending with a blessing, then you will kiss the "Vera Cruz", then bless attendees.
King Jaime I received and lodged in Valencia to the Empress Constanza de Grecia - whose remains rest in San Juan of the Hospital-, who brought from Nicaea in his entourage the relics of Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara are preserved in our Church.
These fragments of the Lignum Crucis in multiple temples scattered all over the world, We owe to Santa Elena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, who between them years 325-327 traveled to Jerusalem and recovered for the Christianity the main relics related with the passion of the Lord.
La Cruz who exalts himself on this day is not so much suffering Jesus on Calvary, as the Christ's glorious rise to the father after beating death and save the world.