Feast of the Holy Cross - Smiocbristol
"Njangalude Athmathinu athinale Rekshayundayi yennu, Sleebaye Njangal Kumbidunnu. Mashiha Thampurane Nee Ezhunnalli Varumpol, Njangale yum orkkename ennu, Kallanodu koodi njangalum chollunnu."
Cross is the symbol of glory, of hope for all of us.
September 14th is an important feast of the church. It is called the Exaltation of the Cross (or Triumph of the Cross). On this feast we honour the Holy Cross by which Christ redeemed the world. The miraculous discovery of the cross on September 14, 326, by Saint Helen, mother of Constantine, while she was on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is the origin of the tradition of celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on this date. Constantine later built the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the site of her discovery of the cross.
Christians 'exalt' (raise on high) the Cross of Christ as the instrument of our salvation. Adoration of the Cross is, thus, adoration of Jesus Christ, the God Man, who suffered and died on this Roman instrument of torture for our redemption from sin and death. The cross represents the One Sacrifice by which Jesus, obedient even unto death, accomplished our salvation. The cross is a symbolic summary of the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ — all in one image.
"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessings on Him who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Heavens"
We celebrate the fifth Sunday of Great Lent as 'Kfiphtho', remembering the Crippled Woman who received compassion and healing from Jesus Christ.
We celebrate the fourth Sunday of Great Lent as 'Knanaitho Sunday', Healing of the Daughter of Canaanite Woman.