Feast of the Cross

copticcrossb-square-sticker-3-x-3Because of its power and holiness, the Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates two separate Feasts of the Cross in its liturgical year. The first, on Thout 17 (September 27 or 28), commemorates the discovery of the Holy Cross by the Empress Helen, mother of the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine. Through her diligent search and efforts, the Holy Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ was recovered from under the rubble at Golgotha. The second Feast, on Paramhotep 10 (March 19), commemorates the manifestation of the Holy Cross in the seventh century during the reign of the Roman emperor Heraclius. After he had defeated the Persian army, one of the Persian princes stole the Holy Cross while en route to Persia. When Heraclius heard of this, he gathered the Roman army and marched to Persia where he recovered the Holy Cross and returned it to Constantinople in 629 A.D. Read more from Coptic.org