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Armenian Church celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Public Radio of Armenia

The Armenian Church today celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the last of the five great feasts of the Armenian Apostolic Church. It is the most important feast among the feasts dedicated to the Holy Cross, because it is dedicated to the history of the return of the Holy Cross from imprisonment, its elevation and its glorification. In the Armenian Apostolic Church, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is celebrated on Sunday during the period from September 11 to 17. This year, that date is September 17 and the Monday following the holiday is a memorial day.

In 610 AD, the Persian king Khosrov with a large army attacks the Byzantine Empire. Excited by the initial victory, in 614 AD, the Persian army entered Jerusalem. Many people are killed and many are imprisoned. Pontiff Zakaria, the Patriarch of Jerusalem is also imprisoned. However, the Persians are not satisfied and enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and take the Holy Cross kept in the church. The Holy Cross had been found and installed in the church for the worship of Christians by Heghineh, the mother of King Costandianos, at the beginning of the 4th century.

In 628 AD, the Byzantine army led by King Heracles fought against the Persians to return the Holy Cross. The Armenian Army regiment, led by Mzhezh Gnounie, supported the Persian army. With the help of the Lord, the Byzantine army wins the battle.
The Holy Cross is solemnly brought to the Armenian city of Karin, from where it is transported to Constantinople, then to Jerusalem. Along the way, the Holy Cross was lifted up so that people could see it and worship it.

For Christians the cross is the power and strength of God and the pride of all pride, upon which the innocent blood of Christ was shed. By means of the Cross, Jesus proved his love for humanity, and the Cross has become for us the symbol of hope, love and salvation.

Source: Qahana.am