Blessing with the “Lignum crucis”
The day 14 in September, the church celebrates the feast of the “Exaltation of the Holy Cross”. In San Juan of the Hospital kept a relic of the “Lignum crucis” which will remain exposed throughout the day for the veneration of the faithful and to the 19.30 will be taught with her blessing.
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.