Oil Dedicated to St Helena 2 (Patron for New Discoveries)
St Helena 2 (Patron for New Discoveries) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Tradition says Helena brought a woman near death to the crosses. There she had the woman place a hand on all three crosses. Nothing happened when she touched the first two crosses, but when she placed her hand on the third cross she suddenly recovered. Helena declared the third cross to be the True Cross. At this site, Constantine ordered the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to built.
Theodoret of Cyrus, an influential theologian, wrote that that during her search, Helena also discovered the nails of the crucifixion. She had one of the nails placed in Constantine’s helmet and one in the bridle of his horse to aid him with their miraculous powers. Churches built at these sites, as well.
Several of the relics believed to found by Saint Helena are located in Cyprus. Among these are parts of Jesus’ tunic, pieces of the holy cross, and pieces of the rope used to tie Jesus to the cross. When Helena returned to Rome from Jerusalem in 327, she brought parts of the True Cross back with her. She stored these in her palace’s chapel. They can still seen to this day, though her palace has converted to the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem.
Saint Helena died around 330 with her dearly devoted son by her side. She then buried in the Mausoleum of Helena outside of Rome. Her sarcophagus can be in the Pio-Clementine Vatican Museum.
St. Helena renowned for helping not only individuals, but entire communities through her works of charity. She often sought out to help the poor and destitute. She would visit churches and leave them with rich donations. Saint Helena was a very devout servant of God, so much so that one would easily believe her to have been a follower of Jesus Christ from birth. Through her influence and work, Christianity continued to spread throughout the known world.