"Before Thy Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify."
On this third Sunday of Great Lent we commemorate the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Church services include a special veneration of the Cross. The Holy Cross, often referred to as the Tree of Life, reminds us that through our pain and suffering we shall see our hope fulfilled in heavenly inheritance.
What does standing before the cross do for us? The cross is placed in front of us as a great reminder of the Passion of our Lord. It reminds us of His example. It encourages us and refreshes our focus to follow Jesus with our words,thoughts, actions even amongst our struggles and challenges with this world.
During your Lenten journey this year, and during all of your struggles in life, I urge you; stand before the cross and venerate this symbol of the struggles of our savior. Let it comfort you and offer you strength in the fast and in your daily work and conflicts.
Troparion: O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries; and by the virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation.
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