May

May

Feast of Apparition of the Holy Cross

Feast of Apparition of the Holy Cross


This feast is dedicated to the Apparition of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. At noon on May 19, 351, a bright, luminous cross appeared over the skies of Jerusalem, centered over an area spanning from the Mount of Olives (where Christ was betrayed and arrested) to Golgotha (where Christ was crucified). Awestruck, the faithful of Jerusalem rush to church to give thanks and glorify the Lord. Bishop Cyril (later St. Cyril of Jerusalem) subsequently wrote a letter to Emperor Constantine of Byzantium wherein he describes the miraculous and beautiful scene. St. Cyril tells Constantine that the apparition is a true testimony of the orthodox faith of Christianity. Further, St. Cyril exhorts the Emperor that the appearance is a sign for him to remain steadfast in his faith, and to stop defending the heretical movement of Arianism and its promulgators. The Armenian translation of the Bishop’s letter has been preserved by the Church, and is read each year on the Feast of the Apparition of the Holy Cross. The Armenian Church celebrates this feast 28 days following Easter Sunday.

 

 

When is celebrated

20.04.2008
10.05.2009
02.05.2010
22.05.2011
06.05.2012
28.04.2013
18.05.2014
03.05.2015
24.04.2016
14.05.2017
29.04.2018
19.05.2019
10.05.2020
02.05.2021
15.05.2022
07.05.2023
28.04.2024
18.05.2025
03.05.2026
25.04.2027
14.05.2028
29.04.2029
19.05.2030