Truly a blessed evening it was celebrating the Feast of the Cross at St. Peter Cathedral. After the conclusion of evening prayer, His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo celebrated a High Mass for the anniversary of St. Helena, the mother of St. Constantine, in finding the Blessed Cross of Jesus. The beautiful Mass was then followed by a procession from the Cathedral up to the Shrine of Mary just outside the Cathedral while carrying a large cross and standing it next to the shrine.
As everyone gathered next to the shrine one by one, they all were rejoicing in prayer near a lit fire in resemblance of the days of Constantine. His Excellency then blessed all in attendance with a prayer of Christ on the Cross. Today is a celebration of the peace brought about by the cross of Christ, both in the soul and in society.