Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross of the Lord September 27, 2017
Exaltation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross of the Lord September 27, 2017

According to the legends that have come down to us, after the crucifixion of Jesus, the Gentiles tried to erase all evidence of his life from the face of the Earth. For this, Golgotha, on which a terrible execution took place, was covered with earth, building a pagan temple on the site of the tragedy. However, the followers of the Orthodox faith did not lose hope, and 300 years after the destruction of the temple, three crosses were found. To learn about the authenticity of the shrine, a terminally ill woman was invited. She touched the true cross and was healed of the disease, which once again confirmed the power of the Lord and his care for everyone living on Earth.

2017 Exaltation Celebration

In the morning, every believer goes to church to offer prayers to the Lord. The solemn liturgy, which begins at night, ends in the morning with the carrying out of the cross, which is worshiped by Orthodox Christians, receiving divine blessing.


Housework is prohibited on this day. The priests warn that the Feast of the Exaltation should be spent in prayer, devoting all the time to spiritual growth and giving up idle pastime. On September 27, you should not participate in entertainment events, eat foods prohibited by fasting.

In the folk tradition, this time meant the preparation of the animal world for the winter cold, so our ancestors refrained from hiking in the forest so as not to disturb the animals. To make the day a success, each hostess after the solemn divine service baked a lean pie, which she treated to all household members and unexpected guests. The martyred dough, baked with caring hands, promoted healing from ailments and served as a good protection from evil spirits.

Spend the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross with loved ones, strengthening family ties. There are many signs and traditions of the Exaltation of the Cross, which you can read about on our website. We wish you happiness and joy in your life.

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