The Exaltation of the Cross - Exploring the Feasts of the Orthodox Christian Church

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.
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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 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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Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross

The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is celebrated each year on September 14. The Feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine.
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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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Sharing in the Victory of the Cross

In our own lives, the Cross of our Savior evokes profound feelings of love. Do we not see innocent love in the eyes of young children when they enter a House of Worship or when they sit at the table to dine, as they reverently make the sign of the Cross
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