Holy Transfiguration
Orthodox Church

3491 Pleasant Grove Church Rd
Morrisville, NC 27560
(Raleigh - Durham)

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The Rev. Fr. Edward Rommen,

919 600-0584 cell
910 892-3448 home

The Transfiguration of Our Lord
His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as snow. A bright cloud overshadowed them and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him." When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces with awe. But Jesus came and touched them saying, "rise, and have no fear." (Matthew 17)

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  Exaltation of the Precious Cross - Sunday Sept 14  

We all know that the cross was a particularly cruel form of execution associated with extreme humiliation and unbearable pain. Yet we in the Orthodox Church refer to the Cross as precious and life-giving, as our peace and consolation, as a friend and benefactor. How can that be?

St. John of Kronstadt expresses it this way:
“... it is only by Christ's name that I live and obtain peace, that I rejoice and my heart expands, whilst without Him I am spiritually dead, I am troubled, and my heart is oppressed; without the Lord's Cross I should have been long since the victim of the most cruel distress and despair. Only Christ keeps me alive: and the Cross is my peace and my consolation.” In another place he says that we “experience the effect of the invincible, incomprehensible, divine power of the Lord's glorious and life-giving Cross, and by its power we drive away from our hearts evil passions, despondency, timidity, fear, and other snares of the Devil. The Cross is our friend and benefactor". And so it is that we rightly venerate the cross, falling down before it in adoration, for it represents the greatest good available to us.

O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians, over their adversaries. And by virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation.

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