Monday, August 21, 2017 UTC

SEPT 13 & 14: EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (SOLEMN HOLY DAY)

cross SEPT 13: VESPERAL DIVINE LITURGY & PROCESSION OF THE CROSS – 6:00 PM; SEPT 14: DIVINE LITURGY & PROCESSION OF THE CROSS – 6:30 PM.

This feast commemorates the recovery of the Holy Cross, which had been placed on Mt. Calvary by St. Helena and preserved in Jerusalem, but then had fallen into the hands of Chosroas, King of the Persians. The precious relic was recovered and returned to Jerusalem by Emperor Heralius in 629. This is a holy day of fasting and repentance. On this day the faithful make dedication to the crucified Lord and pledge their  faithfulness to him by making prostrations at the Lords feet on the life creating Cross. For the feast, the Cross is placed on a tray surrounded by flowers or branches of basil, and placed in the center of the Church for veneration.

 

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