We have been working on the Holy Cross for a number of years, gradually adding more resources to our website on this topic. On this page, we have collected everything related to the Holy Cross. The activities can be mixed and matched in different ways depending on what one wants to concentrate on.
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EXALTATION OF THE CROSS:
VENERATION OF THE CROSS:
The Veneration of the Holy Cross is celebrated on the third Sunday of Great Lent. The commemoration and ceremonies of this day are closely parallel to the above mentioned Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and also to the Procession of the Cross (August 1). The most common icon associated with this day is the one used on the Feast of the Exaltation the Cross.
On this page, we have collected our printable activity packets with ideas for teaching both the Exaltation and the Veneration of the Holy Cross. They can be used to teach any lesson focusing on the Cross of our Lord. Even if you are teaching one of the the above Feasts, we recommend exploring all three packets, as some activities from one topic can also be used for teaching the other. For lesson plans, details and background information about each Feast, please click on the links below.
This is a long-term project we created for the summer, to take the children from the feast of St. Helen in May to the Elevation of the Cross in September. It is, however, a useful resource to explore for any time of the year, whenever one wants to work on the theme of the Holy Cross.
A variety of printable hands-on resources to work on the theme of the Holy Cross, including an exploration of Orthodox cross symbol variations, details on making the sign of the cross, and ways in which we can “carry our on cross” in real life.
Click on the image below to access a slideshow with a variety of digital activities to help teach a comprehensive online lesson on the Holy Cross.
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