The Legend of the True Cross
The "True Cross,"
Legend, has it that the wood of the Cross originated from the "Tree of Life" in the Garden of Eden. As Adam lay dying, he asked his son Seth to beg the Archangel Michael for a seed from the Tree of Life.
At his death, the seed was placed in Adam's mouth which grew into a tree. Centuries later the tree was felled and the wood used to build a bridge.
In this picture the Queen of Sheba is said to be worshipping the wood of the bridge from which the cross would later be made.
The Queen of Sheba, on her journey to meet King Solomon, passed by way of this bridge and was so struck by the significance of the timber of the bridge that she fell on her knees in worship.
During her visit with Solomon she prophesied that the wood in the bridge would bring about a replacement of God's covenant with the Jewish people. Solomon was so fearful he had the wood buried.
Fourteen generations later the wood taken from the bridge was dug up and used for the crucifixion of Jesus
Finding the Cross
The Empress Helena, was the mother of Constantine, the first Christian Emperor of Rome.
According to early writers, including Socrates and Scolasticus, sometime after 312 AD the Empress Helena founded churches and established relief agencies for the poor in the Holy Land.
During this time it is said she discovered the hiding place of the three crosses that were used at the crucifixion of Jesus with the thieves on either side (Dismas and Gestas.)
It was miraculously revealed to her which of the three was the True Cross.
The remaining fragments said to be from the Cross are in possession of various churches even today, but are not universally accepted as being authentic by many of the Christian faith.
The story of the origins of the "Cross" are considered to have been well established by the 13th century and was recorded in 1260 by Jacopo de Voragine, Bishop of Genoa. The general acceptance of the origin of the "True Cross" during late Middle Ages is confirmed by numerous artworks of that time.
The information for this article was obtained from various sources. Although interesting, there is no reference to the story of the "True Cross" in the Old or New Testament of the Bible. Though some believe it to be true it is presented here as "Legend," not factual.