Origin of the True Cross

According to a Sermon by
Saint Anthony of Padua


St. Anthony uses the History of the Greeks from the Apocryphal Gospel to recount the story of the origin of the Cross. In his Opus for the Feast of The Discovery of the Cross St. Anthony tells the story of the tree from which the Cross came. This sermon became so popular that two hundred years later, the story was still being passed on; and subsequently inspired the well-known artist Piero della Francesca in the year 1435 to paint the story in breathtaking scenes.

St. Anthony began his Opus with Joel (2:22):

"The tree that bears its fruit, the fig tree and the vine give their yield." This tree is further mentioned in the book of Wisdom:

"When because of him (the unjust man) the earth was flooded, it was Wisdom again who saved it, directing the course of the just by contemptible wood. This contemptible wood is the Cross of Christ; contemptible because `accursed is anyone who is hanged on a tree,’ where Christ, the Wisdom of God the Father, was scorned and derided: `So you would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days! Then save yourself! If you are God’s Son, come down from the Cross !’" (Mt. 27:40)

On this contemptible tree, Christ saved the world.

The Origin of the Cross

The Origin of the Cross goes back to Adam. When Adam became ill, he sent his son Seth to find some medicine to heal him. Seth went to an area near the Garden of Eden. There he approached an Angel guarding the gate to Paradise. Seth told him his father was dying and pleaded with the Angel to help him. The Angel broke off

a limb from the tree from which Adam had eaten of the forbidden fruit, even after God the Father had forbidden him and Eve to do so. The Angel handed the branch to Seth and with that he said, Your father will be healed when this branch bears fruit. Saint Anthony writes that the preface of the Mass of the Feast of the Discovery of the Cross, made a reference to this occurrence:

"The tree of man’s defeat became his tree of victory. Where life was lost, there life has been restored."

Seth rushed home, only to find that his father Adam had died and had already been buried. He planted the branch on Adam’s grave. This branch later grew into a great tree! It appears the Queen of Sheba saw the tree in "the house made of wood," as the Palace of King Solomon was called. She had a Vision, where the tree’s origin and the circumstances involving the tree were revealed to her. Not daring to tell the king what she had learned, she instead wrote to him when she arrived home that she had seen a person hanging from the tree; and it was He who would bring about the downfall of the entire nation. Did he remember something from Scripture foretelling the One who was yet to come? Did he see in the queen’s Vision a fulfillment of an ominous prophecy? All we know is that it is written, Solomon, fear overtaking him, buried the tree in the deepest bowels of the earth - the place that would later be called the sheep pool.

You may recall that we read in John’s Gospel that the sick would come to the sheep pool in search of healing:

"...there were crowds of sick people - blind, lame, paralyzed - waiting for the water to move; for at intervals the Angel of the Lord came down into the pool, and the water was disturbed, and the first person to enter the water after this disturbance was cured of any ailment he suffered from.

"When the time of the coming of Christ was approaching, the tree began to grow over the water, and it is then that `the Angel would come to stir the water.’ On Good Friday, when they looked for a tree on which to crucify Our Lord, they found this tree. They cut it down, and brought it to the place where Jesus stood ready to carry it to His crucifixion. And so it was on Calvary that the Angel’s

word to Seth was fulfilled. "Thus, the tree bore its fruit, saving Adam and restoring him to health."

The Tree, now the Cross of Salvation, was once again buried deep in the bowels of the earth. Were they hoping it would rot and go away? But the tree and the message of the tree would not be stilled. Three centuries later, Saint Helena - Constantine’s mother would discover the tree. This is why we have a Feast called The Discovery of the Cross.

Allow us to have Saint Anthony speak to your hearts:

"The Eyes of Our Beloved are now closed in death.

The Face, `upon Which the Angels desired to look’

has turned pallid and pale.

The Lips, Which once uttered words of eternal life,

have now turned blue.

The Head, Whose sight made Angels tremble,

now hangs lifeless.

The Hands, Whose touch cured leprosy,

brought back life, restored sight,

put demons to flight and multiplied bread,

are now, alas, transfixed by nails

and stained with Blood."


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Come to Lithuania, to a hill where Crosses have miraculously appeared over a period of centuries of enslavement and harsh treatment at the hands of foreign dictators.

Witness the apparition of Our Lady at the hill. This is a tribute as well, to a brave people who were undaunted in the face of the enemy.  

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Come to Italy, to the Church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem in Rome, and the Santa Croce in Florence, where we track the Tradition surrounding the origin of the Cross, going back to Adam and the Garden of Eden.

Follow St. Helena in her quest to find the True Cross and bring It back to Rome. Learn about the Miracle of the Cross which brought about the conversion of Constantine and the release of the Church from slavery.

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V203 Miracles of the Split Mountains

When Jesus died, the earth quaked, and which split, and the tradition of Miracles surrounding them.

The first is the Split Mountain in Gaeta, Italy, which was instrumental in the vocation of St. Philip Neri.

Come to La Verna, way on top of the mountain where St. Francis of Assisi received the Stigmata.

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V204 Miracle of the Cross and 
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Join us as we bring you to Genazzano, a small town just outside Rome where a voyage of a fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel traveled from Albania across the Adriatic Sea to this little hamlet, and rested in a broken-down church, which has since become a major shrine.

See the Miraculous fresco of Our Lord Jesus which bled when attacked by a sword; see the sword, which bent Miraculously and has remained that way to this day.

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Greetings from the Philippines! You have been very inspiring in my spiritual journey. I am a constant EWTN viewer, in fact practically glued to the station when I am home.
 Your recent episode on your series of Miracles of the Cross featured the powerful intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Genazzano, Italy. 
I listened to the story and I believe many Filipinos would be interested to hear it. We are devoted to the Eucharist and Our Mother.
You are so lucky to have the opportunity to visit all the miraculous places where Our Lord and His Mother appeared or revealed themselves. Please include me in your prayers as you go to these places. I have a heavy financial problem which only the Lord can solve through the intercession of Our Lady. Please also include my daughter Lara and the conversion of her husband, Kit.
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V205 Miracles of the Cross
 in the Lives of the Saints

Come to the Shrines of Saints who have had Miraculous experiences with Our Lord Jesus on the Cross.
St. Paul of the Cross
St. Camillus de Lellis
St. Agnes of Montepulciano
St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Catherine of Siena
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V206 Miracles of the Cross of Our Lady of Guadalupe & the Poisoned Crucifix

Come with us to Mexico City to view two special Miracles of the Cross.

The first takes place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See the Miraculous Crucifix which saved Our Lady.

The second Miracle takes place in the Cathedral, where Our Lord Jesus on the Cross absorbed the poison meant for a bishop, saving his life. 

See how the Crucifix turned from white marble to black.

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V207 Miracles of the Cross of
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The Miraculous Volto Santo of Lucca - The voyage of the Volto Santo, which was carved by Nicodemus, was very similar to the voyage of the Holy House of Nazareth.

The Bishop of Lucca had the Cross placed on a cart and driven by untamed oxen. They brought it to Lucca. Many

Miracles have been attributed to this Miraculous Cross lcated in the Cathedral of San Martino in Lucca.

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V208 Miracles of the Cross of Italy

Come to the various Miracles of the Cross in Italy: 
San Marcello in Corso
 Miraculous Crucifix which saved Rome from the Plague 
Beirut Crucifixin the Church of St.Peter in Chains 
First wooden
Image of the Crucifixion in Santa Sabina Church in Rome 
Miraculous Cross in San
Miniato al Monte and Santa Trinita in Florence 
comes off the Cross and speaks to St. Catherine dei Ricci in Prato.

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V210 Miracle of the Cross of
Chimayo, New Mexico

Come to New Mexico, where pilgrims walk 27 miles from
Santa Fe to the Miraculous Shrine of the Cross of Chimayo.
See the Crucifix, found in the dirt, and the Holy Dirt, which
is used by pilgrims in petition for healings.
Listen to a testimony of a healing from the dirt of Chimayo.
See the dirt, see the Cross, and the Chapel, which was built
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It is a marvelous experience.

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V211 Miracle of the Living Cross of Limpias, Spain

Come to Spain, to the Church of the Living Cross, which came
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different forms to different people in the Church.
See the agonizing suffering endured by Our Lord Jesus during
the Passion.
Listen to the priest as he explains what happened, and how
devotion has grown here.
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Miracles of the Cross
Foreword by Mother Angelica

Highlights from this Book:

Origin of the True Cross
- from the Garden of Eden
Moses and the Bronze Serpent
- History of the Cross
The Cross, Past and Present, a Sign of Controversy

No Cross! No Pain! No Sacrifice!

Christ on the Cross absorbs the poison meant for a Bishop

The Living Cross of Limpias

The Miracle of the Cross at Guadalupe

Miracle of the Cross of St. Brigid
- Battle of Lepanto
Constantine and his conversion through the Cross

Jesus gives St. Teresa of Avila a Miraculous Crucifix

The Living Miracle of the Hill of Crosses
- Lithuania
Saint Peregrine
- healed by the Crucifix

The Cross through the eyes of St. Anthony of Padua

St. Clare of Montefalco and the Crucified Lord

St. Catherine of Siena
- fortified by the Cross
St. Gemma Galgani
- Jesus on the Cross lifts Gemma

St. Veronica Giuliani
- literally hung on the Cross

St. Joseph of Cupertino
- levitated to the Cross

St. Louis Marie de Montfort and the Bloodstained Cross

St. Rita of Cascia
- pierced by a thorn from the Crucified Lord
St. Francis of Assisi
- his Miracle of the Cross

The Miraculous
Volto Santo of Lucca, Italy
The Miracles of the Cross of Saint Padre Pio

Jesus speaks to St. Thomas Aquinas from the Cross

Miracle of the Cross of the split mountain

and so much more - 38 chapters in all

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