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English Festal Liturgy for the Appearance of the Glorious and Life-Giving Cross + Breakfast

  • St Mary & St Merkorious Coptic Orthodox Church 2 Cavell Avenue Rhodes, NSW, 2138 Australia (map)

This Saturday the Church celebrates the Appearance of the Glorious and Life-Giving Cross.

We will begin the Festal Raising of Morning Incense with the Procession of the Life-Giving Cross at 8:00am followed by the Liturgy and then we will break bread together in the courthouse afterwards.

"The world hath been crucified unto me and I unto the world." (Gal. vi. 14.) If thou lovest thy Master, die His death. Learn how great is the power of the Cross; how many good things it hath achieved, and doth still: how it is the safety of our life. Through it all things are done. Baptism is through the Cross, for we must receive that seal. The laying on of hands is through the Cross. If we are on journeys, if we are at home, wherever we are, the Cross is a great good, the armor of salvation, a shield which cannot be beaten down, a weapon to oppose the devil; thou bearest the Cross when thou art at enmity with him, not simply when thou sealest thyself by it, but when thou sufferest the things belonging to the Cross. Christ thought fit to call our sufferings by the name of the Cross. As when he saith, "Except a man take up his cross and follow Me" (Matt. xvi. 24), i.e. except he be prepared to die. (Homily on Philippians)