Holy Rood, Cross Day


Holy Rood, Cross Day
(14 September)
   This medieval feast, celebrating the supposed discovery of Christ's cross by St Helena, remained traditionally a day on which to abandon one's normal work and go nutting.

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  • Holy rood — Holy Ho ly, a. [Compar. {Holier}; superl. {Holiest}.] [OE. holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation, happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • holy-rood day — noun Usage: usually capitalized H&R&D Etymology: Middle English holi rode dei 1. : the 3d day of May on which occurs the feast of the Invention of the Cross 2. : September 14 called also Holy Cross Day * * * Holy rood Day ● …   Useful english dictionary

  • holy-rood — hoˈly rood (as a place name /holˈ/) noun 1. Christ s cross 2. A cross, esp in Roman Catholic churches over the entrance to the chancel (for Holy rood Day see under ↑rood) • • • Main Entry: ↑holy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Holy Rood Day — noun 1》 the day of the feast of the Invention of the Cross, 3 May. 2》 another term for Holy Cross Day …   English new terms dictionary

  • Holy Cross Day — I. see exaltation of the cross II. noun see holy rood day …   Useful english dictionary

  • holy cross day — noun Usage: usually capitalized H&C&D : holy rood day 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rood — is also the Dutch word for red . Rood has several distinct meanings, all derived from the same basic etymology. Rood is an archaic word for pole , from Anglo Saxon rōd pole , specifically crucifix , from Proto Germanic *rodo , cognate to Old… …   Wikipedia

  • Holy Week — • The week which precedes the great festival of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, and which consequently is used to commemorate the Passion of Christ, and the event which immediately led up to it Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Holy… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Holy Cross Abbey — • The ruins of this monastery are situated on the right bank of the River Suir, about three miles south west of the cathedral town of Thurles, Co. Tipperary Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Holy Cross Abbey     Holy Cross …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Holy Innocents' day — Holy Ho ly, a. [Compar. {Holier}; superl. {Holiest}.] [OE. holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation, happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English