Elevation of the Cross - 09/18/16

On Sunday, September 18th, we celebrated the feast of The Elevation of the Holy Cross.  This is one of the Great Feasts of the Church, commemorating two things --- the finding of the true Cross by Empress Helen in 326 A.D., and the recovery of the Cross from the Persians in 627 A.D. by Emperor Heraclius.

There is a unique feature to the Cross that we use for this service.  Embedded inside the cross is a sliver of the True Cross.  It was a gift made to Fr. Constantine's grandfather.  The cross now has its home at St. John the Divine.

Procession with the Cross
Fr. Constantine blessing the Cross
Kneeling Prayers
Fr.Constantine explaining the history of the Cross
Mat Pat and Ben handing out basil leaves