The Feast of the Holy Cross
The Feasts of the Cross is celebrated twice a year during which the church conducts a joyful procession to the Cross. This same procession is also celebrated on Palm Sunday. An excellent explanation of the meaning of this procession can be found below in the book “The Cross of Christ”
On the 17th Tout in the year 326AD we remember for three days the discovery of the cross by Queen Helen.
On the 10th Baramhat 627AD we remember for one day the discovery of a piece of the cross by Emperor Heraclius who returned it to Constantinople after the Persian King had stolen it.
At the center of our Christian life is the sacrifice of the Cross when God the Father offered his only Son for the salvation and redemption of mankind. As such the true meaning of the Cross is sacrificial love, from here comes its true power in the life of the believer.
The following articles aid to deepen our understanding of the Cross as a symbol of our faith, a witness to the Crucified Jesus Christ, as a source of strength and support and also as the cross of endurance and suffering we must bare as disciples of Our Lord and Saviour.
With the sign of the living cross, seal all your doings, my son. Do not leave the door of your house till you have signed the cross. Whether in eating or in drinking, whether in sleeping or in waking, whether in your house or on the road, or again in the season of leisure, neglect not this sign; for there is no guardian like it. It shall be to you as a wall, in the forefront of all your doings. And teach this to your children, that heedfully they be conformed to it.
St Ephraim the Syrian (303-373AD)