Today our Church projects the bloodstained Cross of our Lord and invites the faithful to venerate it with spiritual joy and sacred yearning. We venerate the Holy Cross of Christ, Who willingly was crucified on it.
With great brilliance, the Church celebrates today the Feast of Orthodoxy. This celebration was established to honor the Restoration of the Holy Icons after more than 100 years of persecution. The fanatical iconoclasts hatefully fought against the Orthodox clergy and laity who honored the sacred images.
Today, on this Sunday before the fast of Great Lent, we see the focus on the sad incident of Adam and Eve’s disobedience of God’s command, which resulted in the loss of the joys of Paradise (see Genesis chapter 3)