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The great solemnity of the Glorious Cross that we celebrate on September 14th is the basic theme meditated on and absorbed in all through this liturgical period of Eliyah-Sliba. This feast emerged as the second Easter, especially in Eastern Traditions, in the second half of the liturgical year, parallel to the Easter in the first half. During this period the faithful try their best to have an experience of the heavenly bliss here on earth itself, a foretaste of the intimate union with the Divine Person. Continue reading...
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2017
2017
18 September 2017, Second Monday of Eliyah-Sliba
Importance of this day Second Monday of Elijah-Sliba
Second Monday of Elijah-Sliba; finding of the Holy Cross:
In the year 326 the mother of Constantine, Helena, then about 80 years old, having journeyed to Jerusalem, undertook to rid the Holy Sepulchre of the mound of earth heaped upon and around it, and to destroy the pagan buildings that profaned its site, Some revelations which she had received gave her confidence that she would discover the Saviour's Tomb and His Cross. The work was carried on diligently, with the co-operation of St. Macarius, bishop of the city. The Jews had hidden the Cross in a ditch or well, and covered it over with stones, so that the faithful might not come and venerate it. Only a chosen few among the Jews knew the exact spot where it had been hidden, and one of them, named Judas, touched by Divine inspiration, pointed it out to the excavators, for which act he was highly praised by St. Helena. Judas afterwards became a Christian saint, and is honoured under the name of Cyriacus. During the excavation three crosses were found, but because the titulus was detached from the Cross of Christ, there was no means of identifying it. Following an inspiration from on high, Macarius caused the three crosses to be carried, one after the other, to the bedside of a worthy woman who was at the point of death. The touch of the other two was of no avail; but on touching that upon which Christ had died the woman got suddenly well again. From a letter of St. Paulinus to Severus inserted in the Breviary of Paris it would appear that St. Helena. herself had sought by means of a miracle to discover which was the True Cross and that she caused a man already dead and buried to be carried to the spot, whereupon, by contact with the third cross, he came to life. From yet another tradition, related by St. Ambrose, it would seem that the titulus, or inscription, had remained fastened to the Cross.
Read more: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04517a.htm, http://www.goarch.org/chapel/saints_view?contentid=205
Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I): Isaiah 43:1-12
Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II): Acts 2:22-36
Engarta (Epistle Reading): 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Evangalion (Gospel): Luke 24:13-35
Prayer of the dayJesus Christ our Saviour, may Your Cross be our powerful weapon and our supreme honour. Through it, drive away our enemies; by it, turn our weakness to strength. May it be our companion in this life, and we shall follow You in carrying the sign of Your shame, so as to merit to be numbered among Your disciples. May it teach us that our strength lies not in combat and the sword, but in love and sacrifice.
For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation

Mystery of Jesus' Transfiguration - Foretaste of heavenly bliss - overtaken by the heavenly experience, Peter exclaims: "Lord, it is well that we are here" - Glorious Cross, out Saint Thomas Cross, is the symbol of Risen Jesus - unique Symbol of Jesus' life and our Christian perfection - sum total of Old & New Testaments.

Time of Heavenly Foretaste

Qurbana celebration is the time of heavenly foretaste - then the heeavenly and earthy choirs mingle together - there we experience the heavenly banquet - this heavenly experience is spread to the other hours of the day through the "Divine Praises", the Prayer of the Church - the whole Christian life must proceed from and return to these celebrations.
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