The Feast of the Triumph of the Cross held on Sunday 14 September 2014 at 11am in the Holy Cross Church, Hamilton Hill was a great success with twenty one Knights and Dames attending from the order and a large local parish turnout as well.
Rev. Fr. Nicholas Nweke the local parish priest and Ecclesiastical Knight had got the idea when he was in Rome, Italy in September 2013 where he celebrated mass with all the Knights and Dames from all over the world on the Feast of the Triumph of the cross in Saint Peters Basilica . As his parish had a relic of the original cross and relics of the twelve apostles he decided to ask his parish community to see if they wanted to hold this inaugural celebration at the parish of Hamilton Hill in September 2014.
After months of preparation the day was a great success for the local parish community with members of the order attending to show their support for the relic of the original cross.
The mass was celebrated by the Vicar General Rev. Fr. Peter Whitely and another nine priests from the archdiocese including Fr. Nicholas. It was followed by a street procession around the block of the Holy Cross church with the relic of the Holy Cross leading the way with two knights holding candles and the Blessed Sacrament being escorted around by the parishioners under a canopy. Once the procession reached the church the benediction commenced and then a few closing remarks and thank you were said by Fr Nicholas to all that helped make the day a joyous occasion.
The local parish community then provide lunch for all the priests and the Knights and Dames and parishioners in the local parish hall connected to the church. With a strong Portuguese community located in the parish, lunch was a mixture of various Portuguese dishes, from chicken, pasta, roast beef, to various desserts and cakes.
Fr Nicholas stated that “this new annual tradition as part of the order, will be bigger and better next year“. We hope so and thank Fr. Nicholas and the local community of Hamilton Hill for their gracious hospitality.