The feast of the cross - St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

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Our Coptic church celebrates the
feast of the cross twice a year:

Baramhat 10 / March 19
 Feast of the day when St. Helen
found the Holy Cross.

Tut 17 / September 27
 Feast of the consecration of the
Resurrection Church in Jerusalem
 What
does it represent?

Power

Faith

Love

Suffering

Salvation

Queen Helen and her son king Constantine went to
Jerusalem where the Lord was crucified to look for the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
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When they arrived they looked everywhere for the
cross but could not find it.
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Finally, an old man, whose name was Judas, told her that
the cross is under a huge pile of garbage

When they cleaned up the huge pile of garbage, they found
three crosses.
Which one is Jesus’s cross??

They brought a dead person:

They put him on the 1st cross, NOTHING HAPPENED!
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They put him on the 2nd cross, NOTHING HAPPENED!
Then, they put him on the 3rd cross (Jesus' Cross), he
ROSE UP!

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Saint Helen and king Constantine were so happy!!

They ordered their soldiers to build the Resurrection
church in Jerusalem where they found the cross.

The Coptic Cross fits into a circle, which symbolizes
eternity.

Each arm of the Cross has three branches for Trinity.

The 12 Branches (4 Arms X 3 Branches) represent the
number of disciples.
 What
does it represent?

Power

Faith

Love

Suffering

Salvation
 Do
the sign of the cross or say it in your
heart before starting anything

Know that the cross:
Protects us from bad things
 Calm us when we are scared.
 Give us power/ strength against Satan

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of
God”. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
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