Exaltation of the
The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14th, (which begins this Season) is one of the greatest feasts of the Eastern Churches. It is frequently mentioned in church writings and always has as its object the triumph of Christ, his resurrection, and the veneration of the holy cross, the sign of his victory over death. In the Maronite Church, this feast kicks off the final season of the liturgical calendar. The season is dedicated to the Holy Cross and is seven weeks in length. It focuses heavily on the Second Coming of Christ, which is why our Liturgical readings for this Season all revolve about this theme. (excerpt from the Maronite Synaxarion)
Focus events on the power of the Cross; We all carry a cross in life, but Christ turned the Cross from a life-taker to a life-giver.
Plan an event where the youth come together to build a large ‘team cross’ and have them nail their fears to the Cross, which is our strength and protection.
Insight From Catechism
Christians should not seek suffering, but when they are confronted with unavoidable suffering, it can become meaningful for them if they unite their sufferings with the sufferings of Christ. (YOUCAT #102)
Wisdom From Scripture
“The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1:18)
Reference from the Divine Liturgy
“Holy Cross of Jesus Christ…Without you where would we be? What would be our destiny?” (Qurbono, 611)
“Your cross is our shield, our refuge, and strength. It gives us great pride and fills us with joy.” (Qurbono, 631)