Sunday Before the Exaltation of The Cross.

Posted on September 8, 2018

Troparion, Tone 7: By Your cross You destroyed death; You opened Paradise to the thief;* You changed the lamentation of the myrrh – bearers to joy, and charged the apostles to proclaim that You are risen, O Christ our God,* offering great mercy to the world.

Bulletin September 8-15.

Gospel: (John 3:13-17)

The Lord said, no one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Євангеліє: (Ів3, 13-17)
Сказав Господь: “Ніхто не ввійшов у небо, крім того, хто зійшов з неба: Син Чоловічий! Тож так, як Мойсей змія підняв у пустині, – так треба Синові Чоловічому бути піднесеним, щоб кожен, хто вірує у нього, жив життям вічним. Бог бо так полюбив світ, що Сина свого Єдинородного дав, щоб кожен, хто вірує в нього, не загинув, а жив життям вічним. Бо не послав Бог у світ Сина світ засудити, лише ним – світ спасти”.

Let us be afraid of being deprived of sufferings more than a miser is of his treasure. Sufferings are the jewels of Jesus Crucified… The more painful the cross, the greater our advantage. The more contradictory creatures are with us, the dearer we will be to our Creator. A single moment of tribulation assures an immense weight of glory. Never to suffer would be the greatest danger for us. —St Paul of the Cross