Holy Cross Day


The Coptic Church celebrates the Feast of the Cross on the 17th of Tut (27 September) and on the 10th of Baramhat (19 March). The first date commemorates the discovery of the Cross by Queen Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, in the fourth century. The second date commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross from the Persians by the Roman Emperor Heraclius in the seventh century. Although these two feasts are Byzantine par excellence, the Coptic Church has a special rite for these days. The tune of Palm Sunday is used for these feasts as well as for the procession.

There is a hymn praising King Constantine, who ordered the closing down of the idol temples and the reopening of the churches of the Christians. It seems that the cult of Constantine was imported from the Byzantine church.


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