World’s largest illuminated cross inaugurated in Lebanon

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The largest illuminated cross in the world was inaugurated Monday on Canabakich Hill (Mount Lebanon) to commemorate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, which the Church celebrates today, September 14.

The roughly 240 foot tower, called the “Cross of All Nations,” is located in the town of Qanat Bekish and was built by the Maronite Catholic Church and an organization of French Catholics.

Lebanese officials and thousands of the faithful took part in a Mass on Monday to inaugurate the massive cross. Following the ceremony, fireworks were set off and doves were released.

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross commemorates the discovery of the Cross of Christ by St. Helen, the mother of Roman emperor Constantine, on September 14, 320.

In Lebanon the feast is celebrated each year in Christian towns and cities with prayers and processions during which people carry torches.

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