Some good history of the Holy Relic from Holy Cross parishioner Chris Muldoon.
"This is the relic that Father Cheverus brought with him when he first landed in Boston. This is the relic that was reverenced every Good Friday at Holy Cross Parish by the first generations of the faithful in our city from 1788 until this past April. It is why our Cathedral has its name. We must storm Heaven for its return, privately and publicly."
Kelly reports that nobody in the Administration from the Cathedral acknowledged the Desecration. (Shocking and sad, but not at all surprising to me.)
The parishioners are going to try to organize reparation and prayer. As soon as I find out about the arrangements, I will post it.
UPDATE - email from Kelly.
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Please pray for the return of the relic of the True Cross to Cathedral of
the Holy Cross. I only found out about it's disappearance today, from a
distressed parishioner sans Internet access.
The Crucifix still hangs in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (where it was moved
from the Washington Street wall of the Cathedral several years ago).
However, the relic is gone -- it looks as if it were ripped out with some
It has been suggested that the intercession of Saint Helena be sought. In
addition, parishioner Christopher Muldoon suggests:
"And we must do PENANCE. Traditionally, relics of the True Cross are
reverenced with genuflection - the same reverence shown to the Blessed
Sacrament - because the True Cross was drenched in our Saviour's True Blood.
After the Blessed Sacrament was profaned by the Know-Nothings in Charlestown
in the 1830's, the Bishop of Boston ordered that after every Low Mass, the
Divine Praises would be said in reparation. This practice continues after
Low Masses in the Archdiocese today. We need to follow the example of our
fathers and do penance.
This is the relic that Father Cheverus brought with him when he first landed
in Boston. This is the relic that was reverenced every Good Friday at Holy
Cross Parish by the first generations of the faithful in our city from 1788
until this past April. It is why our Cathedral has its name. We must storm
Heaven for its return, privately and publicly."
I ask, too, for prayers for the party or parties responsible for this sad
Your humble scribe,
We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee, because by Thy Holy Cross, Thou
hast redeemed the world!
More details are forthcoming on the theft of our Holy Relic.
After ten days of ignoring the theft of the Holy Relic, the approximately 7 million dollars 225,000 practicing Catholics are giving communications and public relations, the diocesan PR teams have finally made a statement about Our Relic of the Holy Cross:
"On Thursday, July 1, staff from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross learnedthat the relic of the true Cross was stolen from the Cathedral's BlessedSacrament Chapel. Boston Police were immediately notified and aninvestigation was begun to determine who might be responsible. Thatinvestigation continues."The relic of the true Cross is an important sacramental that helpsChristians contemplate the crucified Savior and the great suffering heendured for the salvation of the world. The true Cross was discovered inthe fourth century, and since then its particles have been diffused to theChurch throughout the world. The Cathedral¹s relic of the true Cross wasbrought from France in the Nineteenth Century and given to Bishop Cheverus,Boston¹s first Bishop."In the Christian faith, the Cross of Christ is an expression of the triumphof Christ over the powers of darkness. Fr. Kevin O¹Leary, the Rector of theCathedral, added: ³We are deeply troubled that this sacred relic wasstolen, and we pray for those responsible. We ask the faithful of theArchdiocese of Boston to join the Cathedral¹s parishioners in praying everyday for its return.²
Time is definitely of the essence now and it is critical to get out in the public in a campaign to get the relic back.
We actually want it back and we think it is important for the diocese to....ASK FOR ITS RETURN WITH URGENCY AND ZEAL IN THE PRESS -- and put up reward for information that leads to It's return.
More on this later...