The therapy of crucifixion

Out of Egypt..

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark 8:34-9:1 Image

On the Third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent we celebrate the Veneration of the Precious and life giving Cross. This feast is given to us as a chance to refresh and strengthen us as we are right in the middle of our lenten struggle.

In some ways it seems really crazy to think that remembering the cross of Jesus Christ, an instrument of torture, pain and death, could ever become our focus during this time when we are already struggling. Why do we bring this cross out and focus on the crucifixion of our Lord? I will share 2 reasons that come to mind.

First, we fall down before the cross in order to remind ourselves that no matter how we struggle or fail, our ultimate victory is not in our ability to keep the fast or the…

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