EDITORIAL NOTE: In the Exapostilarion of the Holy Cross, read and displayed at the beginning of the video, the last line should be "wounder of demons" instead of "wonder of demons".

In this video, we learn about the celebration of the discovery and elevation of the holy cross. We explore how this instrument of torture became an icon of veneration, and also examine the contemporary traditions of its celebration.

This video is part of a series named "Exploring the Feasts of the Church" by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America which explores the major feasts of Christ and the Theotokos as well as the meaning and purpose of Christian worship in the context of the Church's annual liturgical cycle. 

Rich with enlightening interviews, music, festal hymns, icons, and beautiful visuals, this program is sure to inspire and provoke thoughtful exploration of Orthodox worship. At the end of the presentation is a set of questions for exploration and discussion. It is designed to be used by an individual or family, as well as in a group setting such as a parish Bible study or adult church school class.

To learn more, visit https://www.goarch.org/feasts