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Feast day of the Discovery of the Holy Cross

On this day the Church celebrates the discovery of the honored Cross upon which our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified. It was found by the lover of God Queen Helen mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, from under a pile of rubble on Golgotha.

After the Lord's crucifixion, the Jewish leaders saw the many signs and wonders that were manifest from the sepulcher of our Savior, such as raising of the dead and healing the sick. They became angry and sent forth throughout Judea and Jerusalem ordering the people to cast the sweep and dust of their houses over the sepulcher of Jesus of Nazareth. They continued to do so for more than two hundred years until it became a giant heap.

When Queen Helen came to Jerusalem, and asked the Jews about the whereabouts of the Cross, they did not inform her. Finally, she was directed to an old Jew called Judas who knew the place. He wouldn't tell her at first, but after urging him, he told her about the pile. She ordered its removal and the holy Cross was found. She build a church for it, consecrated and celebrated it on the 17th day of the month of Thout.

Christians made pilgrimages at that place every year as they did on the feast of the Resurrection. A certain Samaritan called Isaac, as he was traveling with his family going to Jerusalem, reproved the people for taking the trouble of going to Jerusalem to honor a piece of wood. Among the people was a priest called Okhidus. As they were traveling they became thirsty. They came to a well where the water was foul and bitter. The people became dismayed and Isaac the Samaritan started mocking them saying, "If I witness the power of the Cross, I will believe in Christ."

The priest Okhidus was moved with holy zeal, prayed and made the sign of the Cross over the foul water and it became sweet. All the people and their animals drank from it, but when Isaac drank, the water was still foul and bitter. He regretted, cried and bowed down at the feet of Father Okhidus and believed in the Lord Jesus. Then he drank from the water and found it sweet. When Isaac the Samaritan arrived in Jerusalem, he went to its bishop who baptized him and his family. That water continued to have the power of becoming sweet for the believers and bitter for the others. A cross of light also appeared in the well and they built a church there.

The actual appearance of the Honored Cross at the hands of Queen Helen was on the tenth of the month of Paremhat. But because this day always lies during a fasting period, the fathers substituted it by the 17th of Thout which is the day the Church of the Cross was consecrated.

Glory and worship be to our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever. Amen.

 

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Thank you Father

 

Thank you, Father, for all You have given me -- much more than I could even count.
For sunlight that streams into my window and warms my weary heart.
For moonlight on the nights I called out to You and let You wash away my tears.
For people who love me when I seem most unlovable but when I need their love the most. For giving them the grace.
For holding my heart when it is trembling.
For being that guiding Light when I am lost in the dark, with nowhere to go.
For caring enough to send the very best.
For the peace that my prayers are answered.
For the power you give to such a weak soul as mine when I reach out and touch you. When I say "Dear God..." and You flow through me and suddenly everything makes sense again.
For taking away the confusion when my heart is aching and when I do not understand.
For soothing the fears that plague me so I can hardly move.
For putting a smile on my face and laughter in my heart at the strangest times.
For music which causes my very soul to sing and soar on the clouds towards You.
For eyes to see the beauty of Your world -- each towering tree and misty sunset, each smiling face.
For voices which communicate love. To a heart so dry and hungering, they are like water.

For being the foremost of those voices, Lord, and the One who causes the rest to sing.
For the thrill of a new idea.

For the sweet serenity of a prayer answered -- a sweetness I hold close to me like a treasure,  and I say "My God loves me."

For loving me enough to not answer all my prayers.

For wisdom to know what's best for me, and the never-ending love to always dispose it.
For miracles, and the joy of knowing You ever deeper.
For loving me in the midst of my sin and bestowing blessings I could never deserve.
For the peace that infolds me with the simple knowledge that "Jesus cares."
For having the awesome power to move even the most formidable mountains. Mountains against which I struggle and rage and cry -- they are too big for me and I stand defeated. But You who made the stars and the earth and all the heavens can move them with the snap of a finger. And leave me awestruck with nothing to do but bow down to Your majesty with "Praise the Lord!" on my lips. And you say,  "I'm not through with you yet, my child. Show me the next mountain..."
For the great adventure of a life lived with You!
For being there when my spirit cries
For wiping the tears away from my eyes
For holding my heart close
For loving me when I need it the most
For touching me with moonlight when I call out to You in the empty night
For the stars and the peace and for my tears and the feeling of You that surrounds me, soothing my fears
For the times when You have sustained me and I didn't even know it was You, too blind to see that over all I do is the guiding touch of Your hand Jesus

 


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