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Saint Helen was the mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great and lived in the 3rd and 4th century. She was a deeply devout Catholic woman with a deep love of Christ and especially Christ’s Holy Passion and Cross. Guided by Our Lord, Saint Helen undertook a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to search for the True Cross upon which Christ had died. In a fascinating and inspiring journey, Saint Helen recovered the True Cross. Many striking, documented miracles occurred and the True Cross remains an important and powerful relic of the Church today.
Saint Helen was a great source of inspiration in the Catholic Church during her time. She was also incredibly important for the sacred sites in the Holy Land. The Emperor Constantine appointed his mother Helen as Augusta Imperatrix and gave her unlimited access to the imperial treasury in order to locate the relics of Judeo-Christian tradition.
In 326-28 Helen undertook the pilgrimage to the Holy Places in Palestine. According to Eusebius of Caesarea she was responsible for the construction or beautification of two churches, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and the Church of Eleona on the Mount of Olives, sites of Christ's birth and ascension, respectively. On the site of discovery, Constantine ordered the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; churches were also built on other sites detected by Saint Helen.
Saint Helen left Jerusalem and the eastern provinces in 327 to return to Rome, bringing with her large parts of the True Cross and other relics which were then stored in her palace's private chapel where they can be still seen today. The Vatican Gardens was spread with earth brought from Golgotha by Saint Helen to symbolically unite the blood of Christ with that shed by thousands of early Christians, who died in the persecutions of Nero.
Saint Helen is the patron Saint of archaeologists and those devoted to the Passion and Cross of Christ. Her story is important and relevant especially today. Learn about the inspiring life of the great Saint Helen in a film that has been internationally praised for not only presenting information, details and facts but a prayerful and spiritual film experience
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