Feast of the
Elevation of the Holy Cross

This Sunday’s Gospel is for the 14th Sunday of Matthew chapter 22 verses 1-14, the parable of the great Wedding Feast. In examining the parable we soon realize it is an allegory. The King of the Wedding God and the Son in whose honor the feast is being prepared for is Jesus Christ.

The first guests invited to the wedding are God’s special people, the Jews, who refused the invitation and the ministry of Jesus, thus God allowed the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D., by the Roman armies.

The second group of guests were the gentiles, all of whom are invited whether good or bad, but the invitation comes with preparation and change in ones life. If one does not have a proper wedding garment adorned with the fruits of the Holy Spirit are cast out as unworthy. Jesus then draws the conclusion that many if not all are invited but few truly respond with all their heart and thus become God’s chosen. The Divine Liturgy is a spiritual banquet which is given by God in honor of Jesus Christ and all of us are invited guests, expecting that we put on our wedding garments adequately and wholeheartedly preparing ourselves through the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the Kingdom of God.

Today we also hear the Gospel from Mark chapter 8 verses 34-9:1, prescribed for the Sunday before the great Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. This feast is the most important of the Fall season, celebrating God’s redeeming love and its renewable consequences for us. We seek redemption, the love of God in Christ shown forth in His Holy Cross. This great feast of the exaltation celebrates our redemption and renewed life through the blood of God, granting us eternal righteousness and salvation!

This is the joyous message of this great feast of the church which entreats us to follow the one who transformed the instrument of torture and death into the precious symbol of Life itself.

May this great feast, on which I was ordained 40 years ago, continue to guide us all to everlasting life in His Eternal Kingdom.


Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood

May God Grant Him Many More Years!

Remembering 9/11

19th Anniversary of September 11th

Friday, September 11, 2020, marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks on New York City, Shanksville, PA, and Arlington, VA.

As we mark this somber anniversary, let us especially pray for those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, as well as for their families and friends who continue to mourn the loss of those with whom, just one day earlier, they had walked and talked; for those who so selflessly reached out to victims and survivors alike on that tragic day; for those brave first responders—fire fighters and physicians, police and military personnel and officials, clergy and counselors and coworkers—who risked their “all” to bring comfort and hope to friend and stranger alike; and for everyone still struggling to “make sense” of that which, by nature, is senseless.

Saint Herman of Alaska

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary
of the Glorification of
St. Herman of Alaska


Fr. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A.

February 2, 1947 – August 6, 2019

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Saturday after Holy Cross

September 19, 2020 | Fast Free

Daily Readings

Epistle: St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:26-31; 2:1-5
Gospel: John 8:21-30

Feasts & Saints

Saturday after Holy Cross

Trophimus, Sabbatius, & Dorymedon the Martyrs

Afterfeast of the Holy Cross

Plato the new Hieromartyr of Patmos

Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

Glen Mills, PA

Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church

Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church, a parish of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), is located in Glen Mills, PA serving the Orthodox faithful throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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