July 27 - August 2, 2014
August 1: The Procession of the Wood of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross
John 19:13-18 - When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gab'batha. Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, "Behold your King!" They cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar." Then he handed him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew Gol'gotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. (RSV)
St. Cyril of Alexandria – Our Lord Jesus Christ has warned us that anyone who does not take up his cross and follow him is not worthy of him. And I think taking up the cross means simply renouncing the world for God’s sake and, if this is required of us, putting the hope of future blessings before the life we now live in the body. Our Lord Jesus Christ was not ashamed to carry the cross we deserved, and He did so because He loves us.
- July 20th - Holy Prophet Elias - "Journey's End is the Knowledge of God"
- August 6th - Transfiguaration of the Lord - "Bask in the Brightness"
- August 15th - Dormition of the Mother of God - "Mary: Christ's First and Greatest Disciple"
Dormition Fast begins on August 1st and continues until the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15th.
The Icon is of the Exaltation of the Cross. The feast day on August 1st includes a blessing of waters, and comes to us from Constantinople, when the true Cross was carried through the streets during the two weeks before the feast of the Dormition (Falling-Asleep) of the Mother of God. With the Cross comes healing of both soul and body.