The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World

The Cross as a Means of Sanctification and Transformation of the World

Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae Through the Cross, Christ sanctified His body- the link with the world. He rejected the temptations sent to Him by the world, that is to taste the pleasures, to satisfy His needs unrestrained or to avoid pain and death. If we, in the same way, ward off...

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The Cross and the Resurrection

The Cross and the Resurrection

Protopresbyter Vasileios Kalliakmanis a) The Cross leads to the Resurrection, Great Friday bears fruit on the bright Sunday of Easter. Sorrow, listlessness and despair make way for the joy and peace of the Resurrection. Without the Cross, the Resurrection is inconceivable and without the Resurrection the Cross has no point....

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The Cross and the Crucified Lord

The Cross and the Crucified Lord

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Our Orthodox faith, my beloved friends, is called ‘symbolic’, because it’s expressed in symbols. In other words, it’s expressed in simple signs, though these actually have profound significance and meaning. One of these signs, the most important and most sacred, is the Cross. We shouldn’t...

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The Precious Cross as Herald of the Lord’s Resurrection

The Precious Cross as Herald of the Lord’s Resurrection

Hierodeacon Rafael Misiaoulis, Theologian   What is the Precious Cross for Orthodox Christians? The Cross is the symbol of sacrifice, the ransom for the salvation of our soul, the guarantee of eternal life. However, apart from being a symbol of sacrifice, triumph and victory, it’s also a symbol of pain...

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Taking up our own Cross (Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross)

Taking up our own Cross (Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross)

Pavlos Mouktaroudis   In today’s Gospel, Christ wants to talk to us about the mystery of His passion and the cross. How, through the cross and death, He made human nature, which He had assumed, a sharer in eternal life. For this reason His death on the cross became a...

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Lifting Up the Precious Cross That We Love

Lifting Up the Precious Cross That We Love

The Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross that we celebrate every year on September 14 reveals an important lesson: there is a difference between the Cross as a theological construct and the Cross as a lived experience. Suffering with Gratefulness and Grace Fr. Dumitru Stăniloae (1903–1993) was...

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Sermon on the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross (John 3: 13-17)

Sermon on the Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross (John 3: 13-17)

Metropolitan of Pisidia Sotirios   Today, on this Sunday before the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Lord presents the central theme of the Gospel in a few words: God saves the world from the devil and sin driven by endless love alone! To help in understanding,...

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The Transformative Power of the Cross

The Transformative Power of the Cross

Leading up to Holy Week, the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, it is important to learn what the cross is and what it means to us. The cross today is a sign of glory and victory to many people. To some it’s a fashion statement. But during the time...

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Carrying the Cross: How Much Does It Cost You?

Carrying the Cross: How Much Does It Cost You?

One of the most difficult things for human persons to face is rejection. Think of a time in your life when you felt rejected. Think of the feelings you had—sadness, betrayal, alienation and aloneness, and, for even a moment, a bitter lack of love and confidence in oneself. Rejection strikes...

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The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

The Meaning of Basil at the Elevation of the Cross

When I was a child, I would frequently visit my grandmother (Yiayia) and grandfather (Papou) who lived in a small town east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They had a large yard with a view of the Monongahela River. The climate created the perfect conditions to grow a beautiful garden every summer....

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