|EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
Vigil and Confession: 6:30 p.m., September 26 Monday
Liturgy: 9:30 a.m., September 27 Tuesday
This feast is performed in commemoration of two events: 1) the finding of the life-creating cross of the Lord by the holy righteous empress Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, in Jerusalem in 326, and 2) its return from the Persians in 628 during the reign of the Greek emperor Heraclius, after the Persian king Hozar, in 614, had overcome Jerusalem, looted the temple of the Resurrection, and stolen, in addition to other treasures, the cross of the Lord. The Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord, in commemoration of the suffering of the Lord upon the cross, is a fast day, on which not only ferial foods but even fish may not be eaten.
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