Bishop Jbara celebrates Mass marking Feast of Cross Exaltation

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Bishop Jbara celebrates Mass marking Feast of Cross Exaltation

By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org

Marking the Feast of Cross Exaltation, Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Petra and Philadelphia in Jordan Archbishop Joseph Jbara celebrated Holy Mass on Friday, September 13, at the square of the Home of the Human Care in Fuheis.

In his homily, Bishop Jbara explained the significance of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross indicating that early in the fourth century, Saint Helena, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, went to Jerusalem in search of the holy places of Christ’s life. She razed the second-century Temple of Aphrodite, which tradition held was built over the Savior’s tomb, and her son built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher on that spot. During the excavation, workers found three Crosses. The one on which Jesus died was identified when its touch healed a dying woman. The Cross immediately became an object of veneration. At a Good Friday celebration in Jerusalem toward the end of the fourth century, according to an eyewitness, the wood was taken out of its silver container and placed on a table together with the inscription Pilate ordered placed above Jesus’ head: Then “all the people pass through one by one; all of them bow down, touching the Cross and the inscription, first with their foreheads, then with their eyes; and, after kissing the cross, they move on.”

He pointed out that Lord Jesus' sacrifice, by His death on the Cross is a manifestation of love. "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” He also quoted the Biblical verse: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16), and affirmed that the Cross is a Cross of love salvation.

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 12:18
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