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Friday, September 14, 2007
Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. The backstory of this Feast involves both the finding of the Cross by St. Helen, dated to Sept. 14, 326, and its recovery by the Emperor Heraclius in 629 after it had been seized the Sassanid Persian Emperor Cosroes. Worse than the Sassanids was shortly to come, and the Empire was too exhausted from the Sassanid wars to do much about it, but that's not Heraclius's fault: one does the possible with the available.

This feast comes 'round every year, but only once in all time come the other event we celebrate today: Summorum Pontificum Kick-In Day!