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Finding of the True Cross
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The feast celebrates the finding of the True Cross in the early fourth century by St. Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, and corresponds to the Feast of the Holy Cross in the West. It has been celebrated in its present incarnation for more than 600 years, and in other forms at least since the 13th century, perhaps since the fourth. While officially a minor Christian feast, in Ethiopia, it is celebrated as a major national event.