Kiev, October 4, 2016
On September 27, 2016, the feast of the Exaltation of the
Holy Cross, during the Divine Liturgy at the Kiev Caves
Lavra His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All
Ukraine spoke of the spiritual power of the Cross in the
lives of Christians, reports the
information and education department of the UOC-MP.
“The Cross of Christ is a great relic and we,
believers in Christ, venerate the Cross of the Lord as the
tree on which our salvation was accomplished and our sins
were forgiven,” the archpastor stressed.
His Beatitude noted that a Christian receives great power
from that tree—“that power which we need to
have in order to vanquish the devil, and to struggle with
our passions, sins and vices.”
The Cross accompanies Christians throughout their lives.
“We wear crosses—we absolutely must wear
it—on our chests and make the Sign of the Cross.
Thus the Sign of the Cross blesses us, blesses all that is
inside us and around us,” the primate said.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry emphasized the need to
“make the Sign of the Cross correctly—not in a
slipshod way, but prayerfully – in the Name of the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
Correctly and prayerfully making the Sign of the Cross
brings great power. “We even cannot imagine what
great power we receive by making the Sign of the Cross of
the Lord,” His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry pointed
out. “If it were not for theCcross, if it were not
for the grace of God, the demons would destroy the whole
of mankind in one moment; but it is by the power of the
Lord’s Cross that the universe is upheld.”