Churches around South Africa celebrate the Feast of The Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross
Cathedral of Saint George – Cape TownOn Sunday 14 September His Eminence Archbishop Sergios, Metropolitan
of Good Hope, officiated at the Divine Liturgy for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross at the Cathedral of Saint George the Great Martyr in Cape Town. He was assisted by Reverend Father Nikolaos Giamouridis and Father Deacon Michael Simos. The Liturgy concluded with a special service for the feast, in which the Cross was brought
out in procession and was venerated, together with special prayers.
In his address after the service, His Eminence said that the Cross represents Jesus’ victory over sin and death, since it is believed that through his death and resurrection he conquered death itself. Before Christ, the Cross was a symbol of punishment but after the crucifixion of Christ the Cross has become a means to salvation.
His Eminence said that it is through the Cross that the clergy give blessings and that as Christians we also have the opportunity to use the power of the Cross in our daily lives. He ended by congratulating those who celebrate their name day on this day and mentioned in
particular Stavros Simos, who has been a psaltis at the Cathedral for many years. His Eminence expressed his hope that the way of the Cross will protect them and guide them in their daily lives.
Church of Saint George – East LondonOn Sunday 14 September Reverend Fr. George Pittaras officiated at the Service of the Holy Eucharist. The Service was followed by the service for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross
Church of the Holy Archangels - GeorgeOn Sunday 14 September the Very Reverend Fr. Evlogios Antonellos officiated at the Service of the Holy Eucharist which was followed by the Service for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy and Life- Giving Cross.
And a memorial prayer was said for the late Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Petros VII who died tragically ten years ago. After the service Fr Evlogios told the congregation about the great personality of the late Patriarch and his missionary work throughout Africa. He also explained the significance of the Feast Day and thanked Mrs Stella Chrysomallos for preparing the tray of flowers for the cross and the Kolyva for the memorial service.