Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Church of Serbia - 28/9/19 The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is celebrated each year on September 14. The Feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine. In the twentieth year of his reign (326), Emperor Constantine ...

Festival in Memory of the Lodging of the True Cross and the Council of Nicea

Kassa Nigus - Mahibere Kidusan - October 2016 The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church celebrates yearly two special events on Meskerem 21st (October 1): the lodging of a piece of the "True Cross" in Gishen Debre Kerbe and the Council of Nicea which took place in 325 E.C. Gishen Debre Kerbe is one of the ancient, most sacred monasteries ...

Demera: the Building of huge Bonfire

Kassa Nigus - Mahibere Kidusan- September 2016 The term Demera is coined from Ge’ez verb to mean ‘unity, gathering...’ to describe the collection of woods to make bonfire. Community elders come to the arena, called Meskel Square holding of single woods to build Demera bonfire on the eve of Meskel (Finding of the True Cross). However, through ...

Daughters, Mighty in Christ: Three Western Orthodox Princesses

Orthodox Canada: A Journal of Orthodox Christianity - May 2016 “Be of good cheer, daughter: your faith has made you well,” – Matthew 9:22 A famous saint in the family? How about a holy and righteous Orthodox sovereign as a relative? For those of northern European or Celtic ancestry, the possibility does not require a stretch of the ...

Turkish Byzantinist Believes True Cross “Hidden” in Hagia Sophia

19/4/14 As reported in the Turkish newspaper Sabah, Radi Dikici, one of Turkey's most eminent Byzantinists [among his books are Bizans İmparatorluğu Tarihi (History of the Byzantine Empire), Şu Bizim Bizans (This Our Byzantium) and a novel titled Empress Theodora] believes that a portion of the True Cross discovered by Empress Helen in the fourth century and brought to Constantinople still resides somewhere ...

Ethiopian Christians celebrate Demera, the discovery of Jesus’ cross

By Tinishu Solomon 28/9/2012 Millions of Ethiopian Orthodox church members on Wednesday celebrated the Demera, the eve of the discovery of the cross on which Jesus Christ is believed to have been crucified. Celebrations began in the afternoon with tens of thousands of followers gathering at Meskel Square to celebrate the holy day, together with hundreds of pilgrims, ...