Feast of the Holy Cross (Sleeba)

September 14th & Midlent, Commemorating two observances of the recovery of the Holy Living and Life-Giving Cross. First occurrence when Queen Helen (mother of Emperor Constantine) traveled to Jerusalem in the fourth century and discovered the cross. Upon placing it on the body of dead man during a nearby funeral procession, the man was brought to life. The cross was brought back to the empire. Second occurrence when the cross recovered by the Emperor Heraclius in the 7th Century at which time it was “elevated” in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem. September 14 onward initiates the eschatological season in the Church's liturgical cycle. Celebrating the Feast of the Cross at Mid-lent brings the cross mounted on the stand (menortho) into the middle of the nave and continues on toward the front of the church for Holy Week.

Teacher Training and Resources

Reference Materials

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  1. The Ladder Episode 4: The Cross, Fr. Shawn Thomas (Northeast American Diocese)


Other Resources

  1. Orthodox Resource Guide, Fr. Abey George (pages 109-119)


In order to help our children grow in the Orthodox Faith in North America, a decision was made to standardize all materials to the Orthodox Study Bible (DSWA Kalpana DSWA/C/016/2010, October 28, 2010). Please continue to pray and support the development of a fully approved translation based on the Peshitta, and our textbooks will educate on the various translations and historic development of Scripture.

Liturgical Resources

The Ministry of Liturgical Resource Development (LRD) was created in July of 2015 (DSWA Kalpana DSWA/C/10/2015, July 24,2015) to promote the translation, versification, and publication of vital English liturgical resources. Today most of our Sacramental offices are available and the "Service Book of the Holy Qurbono" and "Shehimo: Book of Common Prayer" are available in print. Wherever possible references will be made using LRD resources given the easy access to these materials to the faithful in North America.

Holy Qurbono

Other Hymns

Other Prayers

Promion and Sedro


Patristic Quotes

  • [St Cyril of Jerusalem] "Let us not then be ashamed to confess the Crucified. Be the Cross our seal made with boldness by our fingers on our brow, and on everything; over the bread we eat, and the cups we drink; in our comings in, and goings out; before our sleep, when we lie down and when we rise up; when we are in the way, and when we are still."

Other Quotes

  • [Presbytera Frederica Mathewes-Green] But Orthodox Christians don't see the Cross as a payment to God for our sins. They think of it primarily as a victory - a triumph over death and the evil one.

Syriac and Greek Words


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