Life-giving Cross

posted Mar 19, 2012, 12:43 PM by rthompson@stjohnsacademysf.org
Dear Parents:

This weekend is a truly joyous one. On Saturday evening, towards the end of the vigil, the Life-giving Cross will be brought out for veneration. In this Cross we find a particle of the Cross on which Our Savior was crucified.The Cross is brought out to remind us that we have completed the first half of Great Lent. Seeing the Cross means different things to different people. For those of us who have not started fasting as of yet, the Cross is a stern reminder that we need to get our act together and start, or Pascha will come and we will be unworthy to celebrate it. For those of us who are fasting but may be feeling that we are weakening, the sanctity of the Cross strengthens us. And even for us who are not weakening but doing well, the Cross rewards us with Grace. After all, the Cross is our spiritual sword against the dark enemies that we encounter every day.

That the Cross is our weapon of salvation shows us how incredibly merciful the Lord is. In the Old Testament Scripture we see that the Cross was considered to be a curse. It was the diabolical invention of Satan to be used in the most horrific way for men to destroy each other. The Savior takes this diabolical tool and sanctifies it with His blood by dying on it. The Cross then becomes for us a sacred, holy relic that frees us from the influence of the devil if we use it as Christ did. What incredible mercy of the Savior to take something that was developed to horrifically destroy us and make it our ladder into the kingdom of God!

I hope to see all of you, students and parents, at both the vigil and the liturgy. Also, this week just begs us to sanctify ourselves, not only by venerating the Cross, but also by confessing and receiving Holy Communion. May the crucified Christ strengthen you through His Cross to complete the work of Great Lent in such a way that will allow you to meet the resurrected Christ with the full joy that Pascha is able to give us.

In Christ,

Archpriest Serge Kotar, Chaplain
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