Queen and the Cross: The Story of St. Helen
Queen and the Cross: The Story of St. Helen

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Sweet-smelling basil marks the spot in this treasure hunt led by a queenly saint?join her as she treks to Jerusalem in search of the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ!

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About this Book:

In this fabulous and instructive blend of tale and history, children ages 5 – 8 will be inspired by the lore and legend of the faith. Boys and girls alike will be captivated by Helen, a heroic empress on a mission, and will be encouraged to treasure the Holy Cross in their own lives!

As children accompany Helen on her quest to find the true cross upon which Jesus died, they will relive her adventures. They will experience Helen's excitement when she thinks she has discovered the "X" that marks the spot-sweet-smelling basil-since basil is the herb of kings and Jesus is the King of Life. But just as it seems that the site of the Holy Cross has been identified, not one, but three crosses are found while digging?

How will the one true cross be determined? Discover the legend of the Holy Cross and learn all about Helen's thrilling life!

Features & Benefits:

  • Contains an opening hymn and prayer
  • Includes a brief biography of Saint Helen following the legend
  • Mentions the locations where the true cross exists today
  • Concludes with a quote from Emperor Constantine's letter to Bishop Macarius

About the Author:

Cornelia Mary Bilinsky was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theology from St. Paul's College at the University of Manitoba, and taught English and English as a Second Language at the high school level. Cornelia's husband is a Ukrainian Catholic priest. They currently reside in Oshawa, Ontario, and have one daughter and one granddaughter. Since 1981, Cornelia has worked alongside her husband at Ukrainian Catholic parishes in Ontario. She most enjoys teaching children about the faith with stories, plays, and songs. Cornelia is the author of Santa's Secret Story (Pauline Books & Media, 2011) and The Saint Who Fought the Dragon (Pauline Books & Media, 2011).

Product Details:

Binding: hardcover
Trim size: 6¼" 7 9/16"
Pages: 40

Keywords: NY15 - tlt, Tales and Legends

Presbytera Joanne Palko says...
Elementary students will enjoy this simple, yet moving story of St. Helen and the finding of the cross of Jesus. Queen Helen was inspired to find the cross and made the journey to Jerusalem to Mt. Calvary. When the 3 crosses were unearthed, the True Cross healed a dying girl. People from all over came to reverence the cross. At the end of the book one finds a clear summary of St. Helens life, and a list of various churches where the relics of the True Cross can be seen. Cornelia Bilinsky, the author, was able to capture the reader into following St. Helen on her journey and success. Rebecca Stuhffs beautiful illustrations help little ones to fully understand the story. I used this book during Lent as a help to young students understand the importance of the cross in their lives.
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