The glorious and salvific Resurrection of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ was joyously celebrated today at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan CHRISTOPHER of Libertyville-Chicago, with the concelebration of the Cathedral Clergy, while responses to the festive Liturgy were sung by the Branko Radichevich Choir.
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On Tuesday, March 9, 2010, the Feast of the First and Second Findings of the Honorable Head of St. John the Baptist, His Grace Bishop Longin served the Hierarchical Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with His Grace Peter, Bishop of Cleveland of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in their Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, Illinois. Fifteen priests and four deacons served with the Bishops. At the Small Entrance, Bishop Peter awarded several priests. Following Liturgy, there was a Lenten luncheon in the church hall.
Great and joyous is the day this week of our Lord's Resurrection and great and joyous is this Sunday of our Lord's Cross - two events connected with one another, united, two events equally salvific. The Lord rushes, hastens to Jerusalem, to the suffering for our salvation. This is the endless, pre-eternal love of God for His creation and that most loved creation - Man. And the Lord created man in the sign of the Cross. When man stands, says St. Irenaeus of Lyon the great martyr from the second century, (Asia Minor, he suffered in Lyon, south France), when he stands and stretches out his hands, he is a living and walking Cross. God created man in the sign of the Cross and as St. Bishop Nikolaj says all of the universe is in the sign of the Cross. Upright or vertically and horizontally all of the universe is marked with the Cross, signed with the Cross, crossed.