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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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...

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‘Hail, life-bearing Cross’

‘Hail, life-bearing Cross’

Rafael Ch. Misiaoulis   The Church boasts of the Precious Cross and experiences its message at every point of its worship. At every service, throughout the whole of the Church’s life, the presence of the Tree of Life is palpable. The Precious Cross is highlighted as a source of power...

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Abbot Ephraim: Lord’s Cross in our Life

Abbot Ephraim: Lord’s Cross in our Life

Elder Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi Holy Monastery, Mt Athos. Greece, at a Sermon on Lent’s Third Sunday Vespers (2014). Source: pemptousia.com     ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK  The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally...

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The Cross, the Symbol of Victory

The Cross, the Symbol of Victory

Varnavas, Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis   In the middle of Holy and Great Lent, the Church places before the faithful the Honourable Cross of the Lord for us to venerate and draw strength from, so that we can continue the gruelling but lambent journey towards Great Week. This decision...

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Take Up Your Cross and Follow Him

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Him

Listen to the Daily Reading for September 18, 2016, Sunday after Holy Cross St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20 BRETHREN, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to...

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