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25087September Sermons on Orthodox Spiritual Life

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  • frjohnbrian
    Oct 12, 2013

      September Sermons on Orthodox Spiritual Life
      Gebre Meskel and St. Gregory, Illuminator of Armenia
      Making A Difference
      Earthly and Worldly

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      1. Gebre Meskel and St. Gregory, Illuminator of Armenia
      Gebre Meskel = Ge'ez for Holy Cross - the designation of the festival
      of the exaltation of the cross. Fr. John begins this festival sermon
      by talking about the history of the "raising up of the cross" from its
      buried place in Jerusalem after almost three centuries. St. Helen the
      mother of Emporer Constantine secured the location and brought the
      cross to Constantinople.
      It is a significant festival for Orthodox Christians full of
      symbolism, allegory and metaphor. The cross is no longer hidden. The
      symbol of torture and death has become the symbol for healing and
      The glory of the cross is a major part of the Teaching of St Gregory
      the Illuminator, who is considered the father of the Armenian Church.
      He uses Psalm 117 where David refers to the "corners of the altar" as
      prophecy of the cross and its symbol for Christians.
      In the sign of the cross is mercy and gratitude for us and the entire
      world. St. Gregory explains this symbol and its power. Fr John Brian
      gives and inspiration homiletic on this important writing from one of
      the Orthodox fathers and saints.
      Please pray for Fr. John Brian who continues to encourage us in the
      continuing development of Christian spirituality.
      This sermon uses and refers to scripture readings appointed by the
      Syrian Malankara calendar and was given on Sunday, September 29, 2013
      by Fr. John-Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission
      Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.
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