Sunday After the Elevation of the Holy Cross – The Form of Redemption

Sunday After the Elevation of the Holy Cross – The Form of Redemption

Fr. Patrick H. Reardon   Over the centuries preachers and hymnographers have declared that the shedding of a single drop of Christ’s blood – una stilla, wrote St. Thomas Aquinas – would have sufficed for our Redemption. It is important, I believe, to bear in mind the metaphorical and poetic...

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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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Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross (John 3:13-17)

Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross (John 3:13-17)

Metropolitan Panteleimon of Antinoes   A week before the feast day of the Universal Elevation of the Holy Cross, the Orthodox Church prepares the faithful through Scriptural readings, prayer and acts of good deeds to celebrate the event of the finding of the precious and life-giving Cross of our Lord...

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Fighting a Cross-Less Christianity

Fighting a Cross-Less Christianity

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....

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The Soul Is What Has the Most Value

The Soul Is What Has the Most Value

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL.  And he called to him the multitude with his disciples, and said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him...

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He Was Like Us in Every Way

He Was Like Us in Every Way

Welcome to The Daily Prayer Team messages, each day includes a passage of scripture, a reflection and a prayer. Sponsored by Saint John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast...

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Love to the End – Now Online

Love to the End – Now Online

A warm congratulations to Hellenic College Holy Cross Digital Disciples Emanuel Sabau and Anberin Pasha in the making of Love to the End.  Thank you to supporters and OCN viewers like you.  Watch the full film here To the Very Heart; A Review of Love to the End By J.V....

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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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