Sunday, December 17, 2017 UTC

SEPT 6 & 7: SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

Holy Cross SEPT 6: MATINS – 8:00 AM, DIVINE LITURGY – 9:00 AM, 9TH HOUR & CONFESSIONS – 3:00 PM, SUNDAY VESPERS – 5:30 PM; SEPT 7: MATINS: 8:00 AM,  DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00 AM; AGAPE: 11:30 AM, SPANISH LITURGY – 2:00 PM.

Today’s Sunday is also know as the Sunday before the Exaltation and along with the Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross, it provides an opportunity for the faithful Christians to honor the precious and life-giving Cross and to become immersed in the mystery of our Lord’s sacrificial crucifixion. In today’s Gospel by John, Christ foretells us about His Crucifixion. He tells us that the same way that Moses raised the snake in the desert, He too must be raised and sacrificed in order for all of those who believe in Him to obtain eternal life. Christ in this gospel reading uses this example from the Old Testament, in order to help his disciples understand the events that will follow, His passion and ultimately his Crucifixion. In today’s Gospel our Lord emphasizes to us, that everyone who believes in him will not be lost, but instead, will be granted, by the merciful God eternal life. Our Lord’s words are clear: “Therefore who ever believes in Him will not be lost, but will have eternal life” (John 3,16). He emphasizes this point to show us that in order for us to be saved, His mercy and love are not enough, as we also need our faith in Him. Our faith is the one thing we have control over and is a prerequisite for our salvation.

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