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EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

Saturday, Sept. 11 – 4:00 PM    

Jacinta Paullard – God’s Blessings, health and salvation, The Paullard Family

Sunday, Sept.12 – 8:30AM  SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Tuesday, Sept. 14 –  8:30 AM   Exaltation of the HOLY Cross 

Anointing with Holy Oil – Myrovania

God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

Saturday, Sept. 18 4:00 PM 

Allison Poullard, True conversion of heart and for God’s blessings, good health and salvation.     

Sunday, Sept. 19 – 8:30AM   SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS

    God’s Blessing and Good Health on all parishioners

EXALTATION 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 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 is one of the twelve great feasts of our Church and has a one-day pre-feast and a seven-day post-feast. The Saturday and Sunday before and after the Exaltation, carry the name of  “The Saturday and The Sunday before – or after the feast of the Exaltation”, because on those days the Epistle and Gospel speak of the holy Cross. 

          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 fourth 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.”

           St. John Chrysostom, in a sermon on the Cemetery and the Cross, speaks of the significance of the Cross-for us: “The Cross is a trophy against the demons, a weapon against sin, a sword with which Christ pierced the serpent. The Cross is the will of the Father, the glory of the Only-begotten One, joy of the Spirit, ornament of the angels, fortress of the Church, the glory of Paul, stronghold of the Saints, the light of the whole world.” 

The Sign of the Cross

Crossing oneself with two fingers brought to the thumb represents the Trinity. The last two fingers held to the palm represent the two natures of Jesus – God and man. Unlike the Latin Rite where where the Sign of the Cross is made from left to right, the Sign of the Cross in Eastern rites is made typically from the right to the left shoulder – to 


SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary Light is not requested.     MEETING: Wyoming Valley Parish Meeting will be held Wednesday September 15th at 6:00 PM in SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA. This meeting is for parish and Financial council members of each parish. 
WOMEN’S SOCIETY:The meeting scheduled for last week had to be cancelled because the date & time was not in the bulletin and only a few would have attended. Trying for Tuesday September 14th at 6:00 PM in the church hall to conduct the meeting.The Women’s Society will sponsor their Rummage Sale- Friday, October 8th,  Saturday 9th,  and Sunday10th. If you have any items to donate for this cause please bring to the Church or call a member to have them picked up. The Society is planning to have a bake sale for this fund-raiser and is asking our great bakers of the parish if they could possibly help to make this possible. A sign up sheet will be in the vestibule if you would like to donate a baked product. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Please try to attend this meeting and any parish member is invited to come and join in for the parish event. 

signify Christ enthroned at the right hand of the Father. According to tradition and in the words of Pope Innocent III (1198-1216), The Sign of the Cross is made with three

fingers because it is impressed upon us in the name of the Holy Trinity. From the forehead we pass to the breast, then from the right to the left.

“The Veneration of the Holy Cross of the Lord is one of the most significant aspects of the worship of the God-Man…Signing ourselves with the sign of the Cross is on of the oldest customs of Christians.” As the Servant of God Andrew Sheptytsky said in his pastoral letter. 

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 veneration 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. 


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