Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Mark 8:34
On the Third Sunday of Great Lent with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan HILARION, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the parishioners of Saint Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan participated in the Divine Liturgy and venerated the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
On the Third Sunday of Great Lent, Fr. Joseph Farooq in his homely shared about the Adoration and Veneration of the Holy Cross in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Further he told the faithful that the Orthodox Christians all over the world venerate the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with true passion. On the third Sunday of the Great and Holy Lent the Church prepares and teaches the Orthodox Faithful for strict fasting, repentance, abstinence and helps the Faithful to focus their life on the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week.
The Gospel message of this particular Sunday challenges us to face hardships and remain strong in our orthodox faith in all circumstances because the Holy Cross is the symbol of victory and strength for the Christians who are facing persecutions all over the world.
The Pakistani Christians are well aware that the most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord is a strength and joy for them in the current situation as they face hatred, discrimination, poverty and suffering.
“O most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord, help us with our Holy Lady, the Virgin Theotokos, and with all the Saints throughout the ages” Amen!
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