17th Sunday after Pentecost – after the Exaltation of the Cross Synaxis of the Macedonian Saints

17th Sunday after Pentecost – after the Exaltation of the Cross

Synaxis of the Macedonian Saints

17-та Недела по Педесетница – (по Воздвижение)

Собор на македонските светители


“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself,

and take up his cross, and follow Me”

(Mark 8: 34-39)

GOSPEL READING: Mark 8:34-9:1

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” 9 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God [a]present with power.”

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ЕВАНГЕЛСКО ЧЕТИВО: 8, 34-9, 1

34. И кога го повика народот и учениците Свои, им рече: „Кој сака да врви по Мене, нека се одрече од себе, и нека го земе крстот свој и нека оди по Мене. 35. Зашто, кој сака да ја спаси својата душа, ќе ја загуби; а кој ја загуби душата своја заради Мене и Евангелието, тој ќе ја спаси. 36. Оти каква полза е за човека, ако го придобие целиот свет, а на душата своја ѝ напакости? 37. Или каков откуп ќе даде човек за својата душа? 38. Зашто, кој се срами од Мене и од зборовите Мои во овој прељубодеен и грешен род, и Синот Човечки ќе се срами од него, кога ќе дојде во славата на Својот Отец со светите ангели.”

9. 1. И им рече: „Вистина, ви велам: тука стојат некои, што нема да вкусат смрт, дури не го видат царството Божјо, дојдено во сила.”

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THE SPIRITUAL EXALTATION OF THE CROSS


The Exaltation of the Lord’s Cross has arrived. Then the Cross was erected on a high place, so that the people could see it and render honor to it. Now, the cross is raised in the churches and monasteries. But this is all external. There is a spiritual exaltation of the cross in the heart. It happens when one firmly resolves to crucify himself, or to mortify his passions—something so essential in Christians that, according to the Apostle, they only are Christ’s who have crucified their flesh with its passions and lusts (cf. Gal. 5:24). Having raised this cross in themselves, Christians hold it exalted all their lives. Let every Christian soul ask himself if this is how it is, and let him hearken to the answer that his conscience gives him in his heart. Oh, may we not hear, “You only please your flesh in the passions; your cross is not exalted—it is thrown into the pit of the passions, and is rotting there in negligence and contempt!”

When the Lord was taken down from the Cross, the Cross remained on Golgotha, and then it was thrown into the