The Elevation of the Precious Cross

The Elevation of the Precious Cross

Georgios N. Manolis, Theologian   The Lord’s Precious Cross is the supreme symbol of sacrifice and sanctification for the Church of Christ, Who was crucified and then rose, because the Cross, together with the Resurrection, are the two pillars which support the life for the Church and its members. The...

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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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The Exaltation of the Precious Cross

The Exaltation of the Precious Cross

Saint John Maximovich   Before the time of Christ, the cross was an instrument of punishment; it evoked fear and aversion. But after Christ’s death on the Cross it became the instrument of our salvation. Through the Cross, Christ destroyed the devil; from the Cross He descended into hades and,...

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The Message of the Cross

The Message of the Cross

Archimandrite Nikanor Karayannis   In every age, the message of the Cross has sounded strange. In our own era, however, when comfort and prosperity have been raised to god-like status, the message of the Cross isn’t merely absurd but is also irreconcilable with secular reasoning. It’s terrifying for the rules...

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Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross

George Mantzarides, Professor Emeritus of the Theological School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki   In the middle of the time of Great Lent, we have the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross. The rubrics for the day begin as follows: ‘Since we, too, are, in a sense, crucified...

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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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Venerating the Cross of Christ

Venerating the Cross of Christ

Ioannis Karavidopoulos, Professor of the School of Thelogy of the University of Thessaloniki   In the middle of Great Lent, on the third Sunday of the fast, the Church presents the Cross for veneration by the faithful, so that they can be strengthened in their spiritual struggle, which will bring...

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Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 2)

Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 2)

Saint Gregory Palamas   But let’s leave all those under the old law and go on to Christ Himself, for Whom and through Whom all things were made and Who said just before the crucifixion that those who don’t take up their cross and follow Him aren’t worthy of Him....

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Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 1)

Sermon on the Precious and Life-Giving Cross (part 1)

Saint Gregory Palamas   The Cross of Christ was forecast and mystically predicted from of old and no-one has ever become reconciled to God without the power of the Cross. After the transgression of our forefathers in God’s paradise, through the tree, on the one hand sin spread and, on...

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Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Christ’s Discussion with Nicodemus – Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross

Archimandrite Ioïl Yiannakopoulos   The Work of Redemption As were the Jews when they gazed upon the bronze serpent, so we, too, are cured when we see Christ crucified. Let’s investigate what this cross of Christ’s is, what its benefits are and what it teaches us. A) The cross. In...

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