The eve of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross of the Lord
Orthodox Christians of the Eastern churches celebrate September 26 the eve of the Exaltation of the Lord’s Cross. The history of the holiday began in the 4th century. During the time when the Roman Empire was ruled by Constantine the Great, people found one of the greatest shrines in the Christian world. It was the Cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified.
The Solemn Exaltation of the Holy Cross took place in 335, the day after the dedication of the Church of the Resurrection. The word “exaltation” means “elevation” – this is a rite of glorification of the Lord’s Cross.
The holiday combines 2 significant events – the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is of great importance, because after committing evil, every sinner has the right to be cleansed.