The consolation of the cross

Rembrandt, 'The Raising of the Cross'

Orthodox Christians this week mark the Sunday of the Holy Cross.At the midpoint of Lent, the church makes a special point of placing the cross before us to console and embolden believers en route to Pascha, or Easter. Through its veneration and contemplation we gain strength for the journey, its upthrust beam like a staff of support. And yet, the cross is a tool of death. Why turn our minds and hearts toward such a dread instrument?C. S. Lewis once observed that "crucifixion" and … [Read more...]


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