Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sunday, 9/16/18, 10:00am

Holy Trinity Armenian Church
145 Brattle Street
Church Sanctuary

Cambridge, MA 02138

Event Details


10:00 a.m., Divine Liturgy
Celebrant/Homilist:  Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian

The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is one of the five major Feast Days of the Armenian Church and the most important of the four feasts of the Holy Cross.

The Exaltation refers to the True Cross on which Christ was crucified, which according to Church tradition was ceremoniously elevated for veneration on three occasions. It was first elevated by St. James the Apostle, the first Bishop of Jerusalem, who lifted the cross with the words "We bow before they cross, O Christ" - a formulation still used in the Armenian liturgy.  The second occasion involved the discovery of the True Cross after a period of some 300 years.  The third occasion came in the 7th century, when the Persians had seized the True Cross of Jesus after conquering the city of Jerusalem.

On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Divine Liturgy is marked with an "Antasdan" service (blessing of the fields) during which the processional cross is adorned with basil (a symbol of royalty) and the four corners of the church are blessed as a symbol for all the world.

According to the canons of the Armenian Church, Requiem Service (Hokehankisd) may not be performed on the five major feast days of the Armenian Church.  Requests for Hokehankisd will be conducted on Sunday, September 23.