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God willing the church celebrates the Appearance  the Honorable Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
+ On Saturday 9/26: the Liturgy at St.Mary (Des Moines) Church from 9:00 to 12:00 noon
                                 the Vesper at St.Mary&St.George(Omaha) from 7:00 to 9:00PM

+On Sunday 9/27: the Liturgy at St.Mary&St.George(Omaha) from 8:30 to 11:45PM

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+On Saturday 9/26/2009  16 Tute 1726(Coptic month):
The Commemoration of the Consecration of the Sanctuaries of the church of Resurrection in Jerusalem .
Today we celebrate the consecration of the sanctuaries of the church of Resurrection in Jerusalem in the year 326 A .D . In the twentieth year of the reign of Emperor Constantine and after the meeting of the Holy Council at Nicea, the saint Queen Helena told her son Constantine that she had vowed to go to Jerusalem to receive the blessings of the holy places and to search for the wood of the life-giving Cross . He rejoiced at this, gave her much money, and sent her in the company of a large number of soldiers .When she arrived there and received the blessings of the holy places, she searched for the wood of the Cross and found it after much toil . She praised it with great veneration and paid to it much reverence and honor . She commanded the building of the sanctuaries of the Resurrection, the Golgotha, Bethlehem and the manger, the upper room of Zion, Gethsemane and other sanctuaries, and that they be inlaid with pearl and covered with gold and silver .There was in Jerusalem a saintly bishop who advised her not to do that, saying, "After a whileforeign people will come and seize this place and destroy it and take the precious stones and the silver and the gold . But it is preferable to construct the buildings well and give the remainder of24the money to the poor and the needy ." She accepted his advice, gave him the money and set him in charge of the work .When she returned to her son and told him what she had done, he rejoiced, and sent large sums of money and commanded to pay the workers their wages in full so they would not complain .When the building of the holy places was finished in the thirtieth year of the reign of Emperor Constantine, he sent vessels and precious vestments for the altars . He sent word to the Archbishop of Constantinople and to St . Athanasius, Pope of Alexandria, to take their bishop sand to go to Jerusalem where they would meet the Archbishop of Antioch and the Bishop of Jerusalem, to consecrate these sanctuaries .They tarried there until the sixteenth of the month of Tute, when they consecrated all the altars that had been built . On the seventeenth day they marched with the Honorable Cross around all the holy places where they worshiped God, offered the offerings, and venerated the Cross and honored it . Then they returned to their chairs .Their prayers be with us to the last breath . Amen

On Sunday 9/27/09  27 Tute 1726:
The Feast day of the Appearance of the Church of the Honorable Cross .
On this day the church celebrates the Appearance of the church of the Honorable Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . The Cross was uncovered by the lover of God, Queen Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, from under the pile of Golgotha, after she ordered its removal .As for the reason of how this great pile of dirt came into being: the Jewish leaders, when they saw all the signs and wonders which were manifested from the sepulcher of the Savior, such as raising the dead and healing the sick, became angry, and they sent forth throughout Judea and Jerusalem ordering all the people to cast the sweepings of their houses and the dirt over the sepulcher of Jesus of Nazareth . They continued to do so for more than 200 years, until it became a very great heap .2His biography and the commemoration of his departure is mentioned on the 17th day of the blessed month of Hatour .25When St . Helena came to Jerusalem, and asked the Jews about the whereabouts of the Cross, they did not inform her . Finally, some of them told her about an old Jew called Judas who knew the place . She called him, and he denied it at first, but when she urged him, he told her about that pile .She ordered its removal and the Holy Cross was found . She built a church for it, consecrated it and celebrated for the Honorable Cross on the seventeenth day of the month of Tute . Christians make pilgrimages to that place every year as they do on the feast of the Resurrection .A certain Samaritan called Isaac, as he was traveling with his family among the people going to Jerusalem, reproved the people for taking such trouble in going to Jerusalem to worship a piece of wood . Among the people was a priest whose name was Okhidus . While traveling along the road,they became thirsty . They found no water and they came to a well where the water was foul and bitter . The people became dismayed . Isaac the Samaritan started mocking them, saying, "If I witness a power by the name of the Cross, I will become a believer of Christ ." The priest Okhidus was moved with divine zeal and prayed over that foul water and made the sign of the Cross on it,and it became sweet . All the people and their animals drank, but when Isaac drank, the water was bitter and wormy . He regretted and cried and came to the saint, Father Okhidus, bowed down at his feet and believed in the Lord Christ . Then he drank from the water, and he found it sweet . The water of that well possessed the power of becoming sweet for the believers and bitter for the others . A cross of light appeared in the well and a church was built there .When Isaac the Samaritan arrived in Jerusalem, he went to its bishop who baptized him and hisfamily .Because the feast of the appearance of the Honorable Cross, which is on the tenth of Baramhat,always comes during fasting, it was substituted by the fathers for the Seventeenth of Tute which isthe day of consecration of its church .Glory and worship be to Jesus Christ our Lord forever and ever . Amen

Fr. Rofael Hanna

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