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I congratulate you with the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of the Lord!
Ecclesiastical traditions connect this holiday with the Roman emperor Constantine and the Great. In 311, before the decisive battle for the throne, he saw a cross in the sky with the inscription: Win it! And at night, Constantine appeared in a dream, Jesus Christ, and commanded to make a military flag with such a cross. He did so. Winning the battle of his enemy, Maxentius, he ordered the flag of the victorious to be placed in the hands of his statue in Rome’s square. After Constantine became sole ruler of the Roman Empire in 323, he decided to find the main shrine of Christians. To this end, he sent his mother, Queen Elena, to Jerusalem. She found three crosses, and to understand which of them was life-giving, Patriarch Macarius of Jerusalem ordered one to cross crosses to the dead. Only after being put to the third cross did the dead man come to life. Emperor Constantine ordered the erection of a magnificent temple in Jerusalem to commemorate the Resurrection of Christ, which was built for 10 years and was consecrated on September 26, 335. And the next day – September 27 – a celebration was held in honor of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord. The very word “exaltation” means “exaltation”, that is, the solemn rite of worship and glorification of the Cross of the Lord.
On this holiday day, I wish that our homes were always warm and cozy, work was fun and promoted well-being.
May peace, prosperity and confidence reign in tomorrow.
Happiness, health, joy to you and your family!
President of NGO “VADND” Ye.O. Romanenko