The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (2017)

Today we venerate the precious and life-giving Cross of our Lord as it is lifted up in our midst. We are gathered on this blessed feast to exalt before all of the world the Cross that became a means of peace, a trophy of godliness, and the door to salvation. We offer praises to God for through the Cross, death and corruption have been destroyed and the power of grace has transformed our lives.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (09/14/2016)

Our reconciliation to God through the Cross was an act of great sacrifice. In lifting up the Cross before us, we recognize that an instrument of grace was also an instrument of suffering and death. We acknowledge the unfathomable burden that was assumed by our Lord as He took our sin upon Himself as an unblemished offering.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (09/14/2015)

The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is a blessed day and celebration of the tremendous power of the Cross of our Lord. Through the Cross the power and wisdom of God have been revealed. By the Cross we are reconciled to Him, and we can find true and enduring peace. It is the Cross that directs us to Christ and to the way of salvation and eternal life.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (09/14/2014)

We lift up the Cross because while it was used as an instrument of torture and indignity, it brought honor and glory to God. It was used as a means of ending life, but it became entrance to eternity. It was used as a violent weapon, but for believers it became a weapon of true peace. The Cross, a symbol of suffering and defeat, through Christ it became a symbol of hope and victory. Instead of death, our Lord through the Cross brought us life and abundance of life.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Cross (09/14/2013)

On this blessed Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, we joyfully continue our celebration of the jubilee anniversary of our beloved Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. We give thanks to God for this blessed place of faith and learning and for the role this institution of our Holy Archdiocese has had in nurturing the call to priestly service, in training future clergy and lay leaders, and in strengthening the mission and witness of our Church in America and of our Orthodox faith around the world.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (09/14/2012)

On this blessed Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, we join with the heavenly hosts and all creation in glorifying Christ and venerating the Cross by which He has brought us healing, restoration, and triumph of life over death. As we experience in the hymns and prayers of this feast, it is a day of great joy and celebration.
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Encyclical for the Exaltation of the Cross (09/14/2011)

The annual commemoration of this great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is a blessed occasion to affirm our offering of continued prayers and solid support for our beloved Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and for those who serve and study there. Our support for Holy Cross is essential to the spiritual well being of our Church and faithful in America and beyond.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (09/14/2010)

On this Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, I greet you in the love and joy of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I ask you to contemplate the meaning of our commemoration through one of the inspiring hymns of this day. In the service of Great Vespers we sing: “Enlighten us by your brightness, O life-giving Cross; make us holy by your might O all venerable Cross; and strengthen us through your Exaltation.” This threefold prayerful petition as presented in the hymn offers guidance to us in understanding the meaning of the glorious Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious Cross.
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Encyclical for the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (09/14/2009)

I greet you in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, a major Feast of our Holy Orthodox Church which we commemorate each year on September 14.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (09/14/2008)

Each year on September 14, our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. This important event in the liturgical life of the Church reminds us of the continuous presence of Christ in our midst. Specifically, it reminds us of His redemptive work of dying on the Cross for our salvation. Christ’s crucifixion on the Cross serves as the precursor to his Resurrection; and it is for this reason that we refer to the Cross, once a horrifying instrument of death, as a sacred symbol of that which is “Precious and Life-giving.”
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Encyclical for the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (09/14/2007)

On this glorious feast of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross we are guided through the worship of our Holy Orthodox Church to contemplate the great victory accomplished by the Lord Jesus Christ, "the pioneer and perfecter of our Faith", as He is described in the twelfth chapter of the Epistle to Hebrews. The opening verses of this chapter present to us, in very applicable ways for our modern life, a set of distinct visual images that describe the endurance and victory of Christ and its meaning for our salvation.
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Encyclical for the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (09/14/2006)

I joyfully communicate with you on the blessed occasion of the Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. On this important Feast of our Holy Orthodox Church, we gather together as a community and elevate the symbol of the cross in our midst. This is a fitting opportunity to consider the supreme meaning of this symbol and its centrality in our lives as Orthodox Christians.
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Encyclical for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (09/14/2004)

On this glorious feast day of the Church, we celebrate with joy the finding and elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Encyclical on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (09/14/2003)

I greet you in the love of Christ our Lord on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, a major feast of our Orthodox Church. This day is important because it accords us the opportunity to ponder the sacred quality of sacrificial love as we exalt and venerate the precious Cross in the midst of our communities. Each time we see the figure of the Cross, we are immediately reminded of our ultimate Christian mission, the essence of which is endless love and service to others.
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Encyclical for the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (09/14/2002)

On the day of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross we celebrate the power and victory of our Lord over sin and death. We rejoice in our reconciliation to God through the Cross, for now we have been made fellow citizens with the saints, we have become members of the household of God (Ephesians 2:16-19). Through the blood of Christ the covenant of promise has been restored, hope has been renewed; and as we were dead in our sins, now by the grace of God through faith we have been granted life (Ephesians 2:1, 8).
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