September 27, 2015 – 15th Sunday after Pentecost
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, the orthodox parishioners of St. Sergius of Radonezh Orthodox Church Sargodha Pakistan venerated the Life-Creating Holy Cross of the Lord. The celebration was started with procession of Holy Cross, followed by Divine Liturgy, Sermon and kissing of the Holy Cross of Jesus.
After the Divine Liturgy Fr. Joseph preached to the faithful that the pagan Roman emperors tried to completely eradicate from human memory the holy places where our Lord Jesus Christ suffered, crucified and was resurrected for mankind. In 117-138 the Emperor gave order to cover over the ground of Golgotha and the Sepulchre of the Lord, and upon the hill fashioned there to set up a pagan temple of the pagan goddess Venus and a statue of Jupiter. Pagans gathered on this place and offered sacrifice to idols there. Eventually after 300 years, by Divine Providence, the great Christian sacred remains – the Sepulchre of the Lord and the Life-Creating Cross were again discovered and opened for veneration. This occurred under the Equal-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337).
Fr. Joseph that the Holy Cross of Christ is always the source of strength, hope and victory for the oppressed and suffering Christian minority in Pakistan. It is his personal experience that whenever our faithful look at the Cross they find hope in the power of the Cross and when they say the prayer to the Holy Cross with trust and they feel comfort and are spiritually healed.
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