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SUNDAY OF THE VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

Christ asks us to deny ourselves, pick up our Crosses and follow Him. Our Christian vocation requires sacrifices and personal endeavor. Christ Himself became the example of self-denial and sacrificial love on the Cross. The Lord was crucified because He pointed out the hypocrisy of the people who take advantage of other human beings.

In our age, there are people who also suffer because of the hypocritical ways of modern day Pharisees. Drugs, wars, crimes, moral corruption, hunger and diseases are some of the evils that afflict the lives of millions in the planet. What is our responsibility, to be indifferent, or to minister to the needs of others?

Today, we are all asked to pick up our crosses, to endure our personal sacrifices and to offer our service to the Lord to the suffering brothers and sisters in Christ. When others hurt us, we should forgive. When they persecute us, we should bless. When they judge us, we should love. When they harm us, we should serve. And when we are “crucified,” then we may Resurrect!

+Economos Nikiforos Fakinos

LENTEN PRAYERS

Lord and Master of my life give me not the spirit of laziness, idle curiosity, love for power and vain talk.

But grant to me, your servant, the spirit of prudence, humility, patience and love.

Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults, and not to condemn my brethren, for you are blessed in the ages.

Amen.

Lord of the powers be with us.

For in times of distress

We have no other help but you

Lord of the powers have mercy on us.