The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Thursday, September 14
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The cross is a Christian symbol and sign of the love and courage Jesus has toward us.
In this letter to the Philippians St. Paul writes:
... who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus' love and care for us led him through the cross because nothing stands between us and God's love for us! We too must be people of love; - not always an easy thing, but
Jesus walks with us every moment of our lives and we have each other on the journey.
Let us conclude our prayer with the words that Jesus taught us:
Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.