September 15, 2017 Having trouble with this email? View online at: http://listserv.goarch.org/scripts/wa.exe?A0=GOA-NEWS Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross September 14 The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is celebrated each year on September 14. The Feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. In the twentieth year of his reign (326), the Emperor Constantine sent his mother Saint Helen to Jerusalem to venerate the holy places and to find the site of the Holy Sepulchre and of the Cross. Relying upon the oral tradition of the faithful, Saint Helen found the precious Cross together with the crosses of the two thieves crucified with our Lord. However, Helen had no way of determining which was the Cross of Christ. With the healing of a dying woman who touched one of the crosses, Patriarch Macarius of Jerusalem identified the True Cross of Christ. Saint Helen and her court venerated the Precious and Life-Giving Cross along with many others who came to see this great instrument of Redemption. The Patriarch mounted the ambo (pulpit) and lifted the Cross with both hands so that all of the people gathered could see it. The crowd responded with "Lord have mercy". Kick off a new year of Sunday Church School with resources from the Department of Religious Education available on Orthodox Marketplace. Turning to Christ When Losing Someone You Love Engage your faith! Stay connected through our Facebook group, YouTube Channel, and our Mobile Apps. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Ebulletin is published by the Department of Communications http://www.goarch.org http://listserv.goarch.org/scripts/wa.exe?A0=GOA-NEWS http://listserv.goarch.org/scripts/wa.exe?A0=GOA-NEWS http://listserv.goarch.org/scripts/wa.exe?A0=GOA-NEWS https://www.iocc.org/harvey https://www.goarch.org/en/exaltation https://www.goarch.org/family-ministry-conference http://www.ocf.net/parents-parishes/college-student-sunday/ https://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/eSSS/Category/52_1/Religious_Education.aspx https://www.orthodoxmarketplace.com/eSSS/Category/52_1/Religious_Education.aspx http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/familymatters/st_porphyrios_and_child_rearing http://files.constantcontact.com/e252b407201/7f4ae808-64fc-4a37-aa04-cb0918c6e980.pdf http://churchmusic.goarch.org/events/churchmusicsunday/ http://philoptochos.org/outreach/cmfsection/ http://www.goarch.org/-/2018-st-john-chrysostom-oratorical-festival-topics http://www.myocn.net/ http://www.myocn.net/ http://myocn.net/turning-christ-losing-someone-love/ Mobile Apps http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/internet/mobileapps http://www.goarch.org =========== Learn more by visiting http://www.goarch.org Manage your Archdiocese listserv subscriptions at http://www.goarch.org/listserv/ .