The Sunday of the Cross marks the mid-point of Great Lent. In the middle of the Fast, we remember the Cross of Christ as the center of our Christian struggle. This remembrance of the Cross is also given to us to strengthen us for the days ahead as we prepare to celebrate the Glorious Resurrection.
This year, we were blessed to celebrate this Sunday with our annual visit from our beloved Archbishop Michael. His Eminence preached a homily after Vespers on Saturday, and celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, at which he gave another inspiring homily on the significance of the Cross as a revelation of God’s love for us. During the Liturgy, he also awarded Fr. Joel the right to wear the Nabedrennik, or liturgical thigh-shield.
Following Divine Liturgy, Archbishop Michael installed Fr. Joel as Rector of the parish (so far he has been Acting Rector), and installed the new parish council for 2019. Following this, all enjoyed a festive Lenten meal and fellowship with one another and with our Archbishop. We thank all of the many people who helped to make this a joyous weekend!