EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

18 09 2014

Saturday, Sept. 13 THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
4:00 PM Simon, Catherine, Walter, John, Ted & Mary –
Julie Williams

Sunday, Sept. 14 EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
Anointing of Holy Oil – Myrovania
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

Father Popyk will be attending the Priest Retreat– Sept. 15 to 18th. If a funeral should be needed, it will be held after the 18th.

Saturday, Sept. 20
4:00 PM Josephine Petro – Family and Friends

Sunday, Sept. 21 SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS
8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

PRAY THE ROSARY: Every Saturday and Sunday before Divine Liturgy the Rosary should be recited by the congregation. All could take turns in leading the prayers. If no one else is starting someone else should feel free to do so. Please cooperate in doing this to pray for all intentions of the world.

THE FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
SEPTEMBER 14TH

The Holy Cross is an ever-living symbol of God’s everlasting love toward us sinners, a symbol of Christ’s total self-sacrifice, a symbol of our redemption and salvation, a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and Satan. By venerating the holy Cross we honor Christ’s sacrifice, passion and death. Whenever we sign ourselves with the sign of the holy Cross, we profess our faith in our Savior.
The Eastern Church holds the veneration of the holy Cross in such high regard it has dedicated several feasts during the year to its honor. The greatest of these is the feast of the “Universal Elevation of the Venerable and Life-giving Cross”.
The Feast of the Elevation of the Venerable Cross is a very ancient feast. However, like the history of the finding of the holy Cross of the Lord, the history of the institution of the feast has been obscured by various legends and it is not easy to separate historical fact from pious legend.
One must remember that in celebrating this feast, we are not concerned with the ordinary veneration of the holy Cross, which takes place on the third Sunday of the Great Fast, but with that aspect of the feast which is expressed in the name of the feast itself – EXALTATION OR ELEVATION – of the Cross, that is, a special solemn rite connected with the veneration and glorification of the holy Cross.
The feast of the Exaltation owes its origin to the consecration of the Church of the Resurrection of the Lord, which was erected on Golgotha, in Jerusalem, by Emperor Constantine the Great. This consecration was celebrated very solemnly during the time of Macarius, Bishop of Jerusalem, on the 13th of September in the year 335. On the day following the consecration, the solemn exaltation or elevation of the sacred wood of the Cross took place. During its elevation the people exclaimed “Lord have mercy” many times. Since that time, the Eastern Church each year has celebrated the consecration of the Church of the Resurrection of our Lord on the 13th of September, and the feast of the Exaltation of the Venerable Cross on the 14th of September.
The feast of the Exaltation, by placing the holy Cross before our eyes, reminds us of our obligation to venerate, love and confess the holy Cross. “Do not be ashamed of the Cross of Christ,” admonishes St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his forth catechesis, “even if some hide it, nevertheless, you trace it clearly upon your forehead so that the demons, seeing the royal sign, may tremble and flee far away. Make this sign when you eat and drink, when you sit, lie down, rise or walk, in a word, at every occasion.”

SANCTUARY LIGHT: The Sanctuary Light is requested to burns this week Sept 13 – 20 by Eleanor Trotsky in memory of her husband Anthony Trotsky.

ST. VLADIMIR FLEA MARKET. The Annual Flea Market sponsored by St. Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church will be held in the Parish Center, 428 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Doors will not open before 9:00am. This event benefits the Parish Children’s Religious Education Program. Ukrainian and American foods will be available for purchase.To reserve a table or for additional information contact Daria at 570 963-1580

PRIEST VISITS: If you have any member of your family who is in the Hospital, Nursing Facility or at home that would like to have Father Popyk visit them for a sick call please notify Father or call the church office.

RUMMAGE SALE: The Rummage sale will take place on Friday, October 3, from 9:00 – 5:00, Saturday, October 4, 9:00 – 2:00, and clearance day on Sunday, October 5, 1:00 – 3:00. The Women’s Society would like to have a bake sale with this Rummage sale and are asking if any of the parishioners would be kind enough to help in this matter by baking some baked goods to sell. If you can possibly help us please call one of the Society members. Also some food and beverages will be available.

RELIGIOUS CLASSES: Father Popyk will conduct Religious classes every Friday at 6:00 PM in Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish in Nanticoke, PA. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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