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Fr. Gabriel Seamore
Fr. Gabriel Seamore
Fr. Gabriel Seamore
Our Lady of the Desert
Our Lady of the Desert
Our Lady of the Desert
Fr. Deacon George Berni
Fr. Deacon George Berni
Fr. Deacon George Berni

 Glory to God!

 

 We are an Orthodox community located in Hesperia, California, serving the needs of all Orthodox Christians in the High Desert Area.  St. George the Great Martyr Parish is a member of the O.C.A./D.O.W under the omaphorion of His Eminence BENJAMIN, Archibishop of San Francisco and the West.

Our membership is multi-ethnic and many of us are converts to Orthodoxy. All our services are in English. We welcome all Orthodox Christians and those seeking to learn about our Orthodox faith.

We hope you find this website useful to learn more about Orthodoxy and about our life here at St. George's Parish.

Check the monthly calendar for our Service Schedules, Prayer Times and Spiritual Courses.

If you were unable to join us on Sunday please check the Bulletin to read Father Gabriel's sermon and any important anouncements.

Our bookstore is open on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy. We have a selection of books, icons, prayer books and other devotional items for your use.

Please keep in your hearts and prayers all Orthodox Christians here and throughout the world, especially those who are being persecuted and have died in the Middle East and other Muslim nations

 

 

Sunday September 14/Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross

Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross
Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross
Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Cross

 

The Cross is the preserver of the whole universe, the Cross is the beauty of the Church, the Cross is the might of kings, the Cross is the confirmation of the faithful, the Cross is the glory of angels and the scourge of demons

The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: The pagan Roman emperors tried to completely eradicate from human memory the holy places where our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and was resurrected for mankind. The Emperor Hadrian (117-138) gave orders to cover over the ground of Golgotha and the Sepulchre of the Lord, and to build a temple of the pagan goddess Venus and a statue of Jupiter.

Pagans gathered at this place and offered sacrifice to idols there. Eventually after 300 years, by Divine Providence, the great Christian sacred remains, the Sepulchre of the Lord and the Life-Creating Cross were again discovered and opened for veneration. This took place under the Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337) after his victory in the year 312 over Maxentius, ruler of the Western part of the Roman empire, and over Licinius, ruler of its Eastern part. In the year 323 Constantine became the sole ruler of the vast Roman Empire

The finding of the Cross by the Empress Helen (the mother of St. Constantine the Great) on Golgotha, the place where Christ was crucified, took place in the year 326 AD, .

On the spot where the Cross was discovered, St. Helen had found a hitherto unknown flower of rare beauty and fragrance, which has been named "Vasiliko," or Basil, meaning the flower of royalty. Note that the word "Vasiliko" means "of the King," since the word "Basileus" in Greek means "King"; so, the plant Vasiliko, Basil, is tied to the Precious Cross of the King of Glory, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Underneath the Basil, the Cross of Christ was found, but with it were the other two crosses, those used to crucify the two thieves on either side of Christ. The sign with the inscription, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews", also lay among the three crosses. In order to determine which one was the true cross, a sick woman was told to kiss each of the three crosses. The woman kissed the first cross with no result. She kissed the second cross and again nothing happened. However, when the ailing woman kissed the True Cross, she was immediately made well. It so happened that a funeral procession was passing that way, and so the body of the dead man was placed on each of the crosses, and when it was placed on the True Cross, the dead man came to life — thus the name the “Life-Giving” Cross, which gives life not only to that man, but to each person who believes in the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross and His all-glorious three day Resurrection.

When the true Cross was identified, it was lifted on high for all the people to see, who then continually sang Kyrie eleison, a practice which is still enacted at current celebrations of this feast

 

 

 

 
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