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Holy CrossThe Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross (One of the Twelve Great Feasts, class 1)

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Christ
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rec-
tion
Holy
Mystery
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Great
and
Holy
Friday
Holy
and
Glor-
ious
Pascha
Great
Feast
Exalta-
tion
of
Precious
and
Life-
giving
Holy
Cross
Vener-
ation
of
Holy
Cross
3rd
Sun.
Great
Lent
Feast
Proces-
sion
of
Holy
Cross
Trisagion
Hymn
is
Hymn
of
Cross

 

Memorial
Service
Jennaz
Dead
Evlogitaria
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgical Text
Dead
Evlogitaria
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgy John Chrysostom
Appendix 1, pages 94-98
The Eparchy of Newton
Liturgical Text
Dead
Evlogitaria
Statutes
Memorial
Jennaz
Euchologion
pages 89-91
The Eparchy of Newton
Resurrection
Evlogitaria
Statutes
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgical Text
Resurrection
Evlogitaria
Memorial
Jennaz
Liturgical Text
Resurrection
Evlogitaria
tatutes
Memorial
Jennaz
Euchologion
pages 91 - 92
The Eparchy of Newton
Resurrection
Antiphon
Memorial
Evlogitaria
Jennaz
All
Souls
Sat.
1st
All Souls
Sat.
2d
All Souls
Sat.
Kolyva / Kollyva
Ameh
Memorial
Jennaz

 

 

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ration
Vespers
Bonfire
Proces-
sion
Feast Divine
Liurgy
Changable
Prayers
Orthros
Proces-
sion
Cele-
bration
Sun-
days
Last
Sun
before
1st Sun.
of
Triodion
Pharisee
Publican

 

 

Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Exaltation
of Precious
and
Lifegiving
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ's

Holy Cross
is found.
ºSt Helena
finding
Holy Cross

ºRecovering
Holy Cross
from
Persians,
returning
It to
Jerusalem,
and
raising
It up
(exalting).
Holy Cross
is a sign
of glory
and victory.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over death.
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
19:6-11,
13-20,
25-28a,
30-35a
14
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
1

14 September - The Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross calls us to remember in a special way the central role of the Cross of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ in God's plan of salvation. Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ transformed the Cross. The Cross, which was a tree of death, was transformed into The Holy Cross, which is the Tree of Life. The Cross, which was an instrument of humiliation and death, was transformed into The Holy Cross, which is a sign of victory over sin and death and a means of salvation and eternal life.

The Holy Cross is a symbol of suffering and sacrifice leading ultimately to redemption, resurrection, and new life. For this reason, we wear the Holy Cross around our necks, hang the Holy Cross in our homes, sign ourselves with the Holy Cross.

This Sunday, 14 September, is the feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Holy Cross.

The Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross is a good day for us to recall how we were saved through the Holy Cross of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ tells us we must take up our crosses and follow Him. The Holy Cross is a symbol of suffering and sacrifice leading ultimately to redemption, resurrection, and new life.

The Feast of the Holy Cross commemorates two important events.

YearEventPerson
about 326Discovery of the True Cross in Jerusalem by The Holy and Glorious Sovereign, the Equal of the Apostles Helena
In about 326, in Jerusalem, The Holy and Glorious Sovereign, the Equal of the Apostles Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, discovered the three crosses on which Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ and the two thieves had been crucified.
To discern which was the True Cross of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Archbishop Makarios touched each one to a dying, sick woman. She was perfectly healed immediately by the touch of the True Cross.
The Holy and Glorious Sovereign, the Equal of the Apostles Helena built the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for the Holy Cross.
The Holy Cross is kept and venerated in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The Holy and Glorious Sovereign, the Equal of the Apostles Helena.
628Recovery of the Cross from the Persians and its return to Jerusalem, where it was raised up (elevated or exalted) for all the people to see and worship.
In 614, Jerusalem was conquered by the Persians. The Persians burned the Church of the Resurrection and stole the Holy Cross.
In 628, the Emperor Heraclius defeated the Persian king and brought the Holy Cross back to Jerusalem.
As he tried to carry the Cross into the Church, he was stopped by an invisible hand.
Archbishop Zachary warned him to remove all his splendid clothing and imperial jewels so that he could carry the Holy Cross in humility, like Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Then, the Emperor, wearing only a simple tunic, walked barefoot with the Holy Cross to plant it on Golgotha. All the people prostrated themselves to the ground, singing, "We bow in worship before your Cross, O Christ, and we give glory to Your Holy Resurrection."
Emperor Heraclius

Prayers, Readings, Hymns,

Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross Prayers, Readings, Hymns, etc.

Fast Day

The Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross is the only Great Feast that is a day of fasting. This Great Feast is a day of strict fasting (fast and abstinence) in solidarity with the sacrificial suffering of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ for us on the Cross.
Fasting Guidelines

Name

The Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross is also known as "The Great Feast of the Elevation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross".

Ikon

The Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross is the only Great Feast that is a day of fasting. This Great Feast is a day of strict fasting (fast and abstinence) in solidarity with the sacrificial suffering of Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ for us on the Cross.
Fasting Guidelines

Paper

The Feasts of September By His Excellency, Archbishop Joseph Tawil, Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Celebrating Our Holy Days By Fr. Fred Saato, Eparchy of Newton, Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States

Exaltation of the Holy, Life-Giving and Precious Cross Saint Ann Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Paterson, NJ

More Information

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Fixed Feasts of the Lord

Ikon

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Fixed Feasts of the Lord

Liturgical Cycle

From the Monday after the Great Feast of Pentecost to Great and Holy Saturday, Sunday is the last day of the Liturgical week.
From Holy and Glorious Pascha to the Great Feast of Pentecost, Sunday is the first day of the Liturgical week.

Preparation
Mon.Tues.Wed.Thurs.Fri.Sat.Sunday
of
Holy Cross
     Saturday Before
7-13
Sept.
Sunday Before
7-13
Sept.
Preparation
Dedication of Basilica of Resurrection of Christ our God;
Holy Hieromartyr Cornelius Centurion
13 Sept.
Vespers
13 Sept.

 

Celebration
Mon.Tues.Wed.Thurs.Fri.Sat.Sunday
of
Holy Cross
Exaltation of Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross
14 Sept.
     Saturday
After

15-21 Sept.
Sunday
After

15-21 Sept.
Second Day Celebration
Holy Martyr Nicetas
15 Sept.
Third Day Celebration
Great-Martyr and all-celebrated Euphemia
16 Sept.
Fourth Day Celebration
Holy Martyr Sophie and her three daughters,
Faith, Hope, and Charity
17 Sept.
Fifth Day Celebration
Holy Father Eumenius Wonder-worker, Bishop of Gortyna in Crete
18 Sept.
Sixth Day Celebration
Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Sabbatuis, and Dorymedes
19 Sept.
Seventh Day Celebration
Great-Martyr Eustathius, his wife Theopista
and their two children Agapius and Theopista
20 Sept.
Leave-taking
Holy Apostle Codratus of Magnesia
21 Sept.
      (Sunday
of)
1st Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Miraculous
Catch
22-28 Sept.
      (Sunday
of)
2nd Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Love
Your
Enemies
      (Sunday
of)
3d Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Widow's
Son
      (Sunday
of)
4th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Fathers
of
7th
Ecumenical
Council
(2d
Council
of
Nicaea)
11-18 Oct.
      (Sunday
of)
5th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Rich Man
and Lazarus
30 Oct.-
5 Nov.
      (Sunday
of)
6th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Gerasene
Demoniac
      (Sunday
of)
7th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Daughter
of
Jairus
      (Sunday
of)
8th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Good
Samaritan
      (Sunday
of)
9th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Fool
      (Sunday
of)
10th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Crippled
Woman
4-10 Dec.
      (Sunday
of)
11th
Week
of
Great
Feast
Holy Cross
Twentyninth
Sunday
after
Great
Feast
Pentecost
2d
Sunday
before
Nativity
Sunday
Forefathers

11-17 Dec.
      (Sunday
of)
12th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Ten
Lepers
14-20 Jan.
when
Pascha
is
8-25 April
      (Sunday
of)
13th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Rich
Young
Man
24-30 Nov.
      (Sunday
of)
14th Week
after
Great Feast
of
Holy Cross

Blind
Man
      (Sunday
of)
15th Week
after
Holy Cross

Sunday
Zacchaeus
when
1 to 4
Sundays
between Sunday
after
Great Feast
of
Holy
Theophany

and
1st Sunday
of
Triodion
Pharisee
and
Publican

Last Sunday
of Cycle
except
when
3 or 4
Sundays
between
those
2 Sundays
      17th Sunday
after
Pentecost

Sunday
Canaanite
Woman
when
3 or 4
Sundays
between
Sunday
after
Great Feast
of
Holy
Theophany

and
1st Sunday
of
Triodion
Pharisee
and
Publican

Last Sunday
of Cycle
when
3 or 4
Sundays
      (Sunday
of)
16th Week
after
Holy Cross
Triodion
1st Sun.
Pharisee
Publican

10th Sunday
before Pascha
      (Sunday
of)
17th Week
after
Holy Cross
Triodion
2d Sun.
Prodigal
Son

9th Sunday
before Pascha

 

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ's Feast of Feasts and Great Feasts
FeastEvent
Commem-
orated
Action
of Event
Significance
of Event
CelebrateApostolosGospelDateClass
Annun-
ciation
of
Theotokos
Ever
Virgin Mary
Jesus
Christ's

conception
in
human
form
Incar-
nation.
Future
Theotokos'
accepting
Holy God's will
saying yes
to Holy God.
Holy God
becomes
human
Incar-
nation.
Beginning
of process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
2:11-18
Lk.
1:24-38
25
March
Great
Feast
Class
2
Nativity
According
to Flesh
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

birth
in
human
form.
Jesus
Christ
being born
in human
form.
Messiah
is born.
Jesus
Christ's
birthday.
Gal.
4:4-7
Mt.
2:1-12
25
Dec.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Circum-
cision
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Jesus
Christ
submitted
to
Mosaic
Law.
Jesus
Christ
is
named
Jesus
Christ's
Naming
and
Circum-
cision.
Col.
2:8-12
Lk.
2:20-21,
40-52
1
Jan.
Feast
Class
3
ºHoly
Hypapanty
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ

ºPurifi-
cation
of
Theotokos
ºJesus
Christ's

presen-
tation
at Temple.


ºTheotokos'
purification.
Theotokos
bringing
Jesus
Christ
to Temple
at prescribed
time
for prescribed
rituals.
Messiah's
first
meeting
with
His
people.
A step
in process
of our
redemption.
Heb.
7:7-17
Lk.
2:22-40
2
Feb.
Great
Feast
Class
2
Holy
Theophany
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

baptism
Holy
Prophet
and
Glorious
Fore-
runner
John Baptist

baptizing
Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
in
River
Jordan.
ºAs an
adult,
Jesus
Christ
shows
His
people
that He
is Holy God
(manifestation
Jesus
Christ
to the world).

ºHoly God
shows
His
people
that Holy God
is a
Holy Trinity.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºHoly God
is a
Holy
Trinity
Tim.
2:11-14,
3:4-7
Mt.
3:13-17
6
Jan.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Transfig-
uration
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

transfig-
uration
Jesus
Christ
showing
His
disciples
"...as
much of
His glory
as they
could
behold...".
Jesus
Christ
is both
fully
Holy God
and
fully man.
ºReve-
lation
of glory
of
Holy God

ºConfir-
mation
of two
natures
of
Jesus
Christ
both
fully
Holy God
and
fully
human.
2
Pet.
1:10-19
Mt.
17:1-9
6
Aug.
Great
Feast
Class
1
Triumphal
Entry
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ into
Jerusalem
Holy and
Glorious
Palm Sun.
Shaneeneh
Jesus
Christ's

triumphal
entrance
into
Jerusalem.
Children
throwing
garments
into
Jesus
Christ's
path,
pulling down
branches
from olive
and palm
trees,
putting them
in the
road,
and
waving them
in air,
shouting
"Hosanna!
Blessed is
He
who
comes
in the
name
of the Lord!"
Jesus
Christ's
people
hailing Him
as Messiah.
Jesus
Christ
is
Messiah.
Phil.
4:4-9
John
12:1-18
7
days
before
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Great and
Holy Friday
Jesus
Christ's

death
in
human form
on
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ
dies on
Holy Cross
Holy God
redeems
our souls.
We have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
5:48-55
2
days
before
Pascha
Great
Holy
Fri.
Holy and
Glorious
Pascha
Jesus
Christ's

resurrection
in
human form
Jesus
Christ
rising
from dead
and giving
"eternal
life"
to good.
ºJesus
Christ
is Holy God.

ºOpening
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life"
ºJesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.

ºWe have
possi-
bility
of
"eternal
life".
Acts
1:1-9
John
1:1-17
1st
Sun.
after
1st
full
moon
after
03/20
Ear-
liest
is
03/22
latest
is
04/25.
Feasts
of
Feasts
Ascension
into Heaven
of Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

ascension
in
human form
into heaven.
Jesus
Christ
going
to heaven.
Jesus
Christ
is Holy God.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over
death.
Acts
1:1-12
Lk.
24:36-53
40th
day
of
Pascha
Great
Feast
Class
1
Exaltation
of Precious
and
Lifegiving
Holy Cross
Jesus
Christ's

Holy Cross
is found.
ºSt Helena
finding
Holy Cross

ºRecovering
Holy Cross
from
Persians,
returning
It to
Jerusalem,
and
raising
It up
(exalting).
Holy Cross
is a sign
of glory
and victory.
Jesus
Christ's
victory
over death.
1
Cor.
1:18-24
John
19:6-11,
13-20,
25-28a,
30-35a
14
Sept.
Great
Feast
Class
1

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