Thoughts on the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (old calendar) or, to give it the full title: The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross. The tradition states that the Emperor Constantine sent his mother, Saint Helena, to find relics of Christ in Jerusalem on pilgrimage. While there, she discovered the three crosses (of Christ and the two thieves), establishing which was the Cross of Our Lord when a dying woman touched it and was healed. The Patriarch (Macarius) of Jerusalem carried the cross into the ambo, where many venerated it. It is one of the … [Read more...]

The Feast of the Annunciation: my soul doth magnify The Lord

Today we celebrate the Annunciation or ευανγελισμος - 'Evangelismos' of the Most Holy Lady, The Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary. This is one of my favourite icons: the Theotokos is peaceful, attentive & agrees readily to God's Holy Will. Let us be the same! http://orthodoxwiki.org/Annunciation … [Read more...]