Glorious Cross March 24
We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through him we are saved and made free (Entrance Antiphon, Exaltation of the Holy Cross).
The Crosiers are officially called the “Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross.” The spirituality of the Crosiers embraces the Glorious Cross, symbol of the price and the victory of Jesus over all the forces of evil in the world. The first Crosiers of the thirteenth century were known simply as the “Brethren of the Holy Cross,” whose preferred symbol was the red and white cross on the breast of their scapulars. They prayed in churches named in honor of the Cross. Their personal and communal association with Christ was always an association with him as the “Suffering Servant.” They identified with his Cross and suffering for redemption. This identification led them to a continual openness to their brothers and sisters who were poor in any way, to whom they witnessed the hope of the Risen Christ.
Those who are close to the king’s court profit more. (Shi)