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Today, Saturday, 28 September 2019 - 17 Tout 1736, the #Feast #of #the #appearance #of #the #Honorable #cross. The Feasts of the Cross is celebrated twice a year during which the #church conducts a joyful procession to the Cross. This same procession is also #celebrated on Palm Sunday. On the 17th Tout in the year 326AD we remember for three days the discovery of the cross by Queen Helen. On the 10th Baramhat 627AD we remember for one day the discovery of a piece of the cross by Emperor Heraclius who returned it to Constantinople after the Persian King had stolen it. At the center of our Christian life is the sacrifice of the Cross when God the Father offered his only Son for the salvation and redemption of mankind. As such the true meaning of the Cross is sacrificial love, from here comes its true power in the life of the believer. The following articles aid to deepen our understanding of the Cross as a symbol of our faith, a witness to the #Crucified #Jesus #Christ, as a source of #strength and #support and also as the cross of #endurance and suffering we must bare as disciples of #Our #Lord #and #Saviour. "With the sign of the #living cross, seal all your doings, my son. Do not #leave the #door of your #house till you have signed the cross. Whether in #eating or in #drinking, whether in #sleeping or in #waking, whether in your house or on the #road, or again in the season of leisure, neglect not this sign; for there is no guardian like it. It shall be to you as a wall, in the forefront of all your doings. And #teach this to your #children, that heedfully they be conformed to it." (St Ephraim the Syrian (303-373AD)). Glory and worship be to Jesus Christ our Lord forever and ever. Amen.