Elevation of the Holy Cross

(Difference between revisions)
Jump to: navigation, search
m
m (added fast information from husband)
Line 1: Line 1:
 
[[Image:Elevation.jpg|right|frame|The Elevation of the Cross]]
 
[[Image:Elevation.jpg|right|frame|The Elevation of the Cross]]
 
The '''Elevation of the Holy Cross''' is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on [[September 14]].  This feast is also referred to as the '''Exaltation of the Cross'''.  This is also a popular name day for Stavroula/Stavros (from "stavros" meaning cross).
 
The '''Elevation of the Holy Cross''' is one of the [[Great Feasts]] of the [[Orthodox Church]], celebrated on [[September 14]].  This feast is also referred to as the '''Exaltation of the Cross'''.  This is also a popular name day for Stavroula/Stavros (from "stavros" meaning cross).
 
  
 
This feast commemorates two events:
 
This feast commemorates two events:
Line 9: Line 8:
 
* The recovery of the [[Cross]] on which [[Jesus Christ]] was crucified from the Persians. The Persians had captured it as a prize of war in Jerusalem, and it was recovered by the forces of the Eastern Roman Empire ("Byzantine Empire").  The cross was joyously held up for veneration by the Christian faithful upon its recovery.
 
* The recovery of the [[Cross]] on which [[Jesus Christ]] was crucified from the Persians. The Persians had captured it as a prize of war in Jerusalem, and it was recovered by the forces of the Eastern Roman Empire ("Byzantine Empire").  The cross was joyously held up for veneration by the Christian faithful upon its recovery.
  
 +
This is one of the two feast days which is held as a strict [[fast]].  The other is the commemoration of the Beheading of [[John the Forerunner]] on [[August 29]].
  
 
{{stub}}
 
{{stub}}

Revision as of 13:48, August 28, 2005

The Elevation of the Cross

The Elevation of the Holy Cross is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 14. This feast is also referred to as the Exaltation of the Cross. This is also a popular name day for Stavroula/Stavros (from "stavros" meaning cross).

This feast commemorates two events:

  • The finding of the Cross by the Empress Helen (the mother of St. Constantine the Great) on Golgotha, the place where Christ was crucified. When the true Cross was identified, it was lifted on high for all the people to see, who then continually sang Kyrie eleison, a practice which is still enacted at current celebrations of this feast.
  • The recovery of the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified from the Persians. The Persians had captured it as a prize of war in Jerusalem, and it was recovered by the forces of the Eastern Roman Empire ("Byzantine Empire"). The cross was joyously held up for veneration by the Christian faithful upon its recovery.

This is one of the two feast days which is held as a strict fast. The other is the commemoration of the Beheading of John the Forerunner on August 29.


This article or section is a stub (i.e., in need of additional material). You can help OrthodoxWiki by expanding it.
Personal tools
Namespaces
Variants
Actions
Navigation
interaction
Donate

Please consider supporting OrthodoxWiki. FAQs

Toolbox