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Krestovozdvizhenie: Orthodox Christians celebrate the great holy day of the finding

September 27 2005

Orthodox Christians celebrate one of the greats, especially revered holidays - Exaltation of the Cross. At 9:30 in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Divine Liturgy, which served the patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II. Solemn services were held in all churches of the capital.

When the holy land of the Romans came, they were forgetting all the places associated with the life of the Savior, the shrines were destroyed and covered with sand.

During the reign of St.. Equal-Emperor Constantine the Great, his mother St. Equal of the Apostles Helena went to Jerusalem to find the places associated with the events of Christ's earthly life, as well as St. Crest, a phenomenon which has become a dream for St.. Constantine sign of victory over the enemy.

The earliest version of the Finding reads: Honest Cross was under the pagan sanctuary of Venus. When the sanctuary was destroyed, were found three crosses, as well as a plate with the Cross of the Savior, and nails with which He was nailed to the gun penalty. In order to know which of the crosses and there is one on which was crucified the Lord Bishop of Jerusalem, Macarius suggested to make alternating each of the crosses to a seriously ill woman. After touching one of the crosses, the woman was healed. Thus, it was, and shall find on display the Holy Cross of the Lord.
According to Orthodox tradition, the believers in this day set a strict fast.

See also: Exaltation of the Cross - the feast of Orthodoxy

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