On April 04, 2021, on the 3rd Week of Great Lent, the Adoration of the Cross, a festive divine service was performed in the Tithes Monastery of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos.
The Liturgy was led by the abbot of the monastery, His Grace Gideon, Bishop Makarovsky, who was concelebrated by the monastery brethren in the priesthood.
At the end of the service, the veneration of the Honest and Life-giving Cross of the Lord was performed.
The spring celebration in honor of the Lord's Cross dates back to the distant 7th century. During the Iranian-Byzantine war, the Honorable Tree was captured by the Persians. But the Emperor Heraclius victoriously ended the 26-year war with Tsar Chozroi, and solemnly brought the Cross to Jerusalem with his own hand. Since that time, they begin to celebrate the anniversary of the return of the great shrine. Soon this holiday acquires general church significance and acquires a new meaning. After three weeks of fasting, a person gets tired, exhausted, and may lose heart. To support believers, the Church reminds us of the Savior's feat on the cross. And since it is inextricably linked with the Resurrection, Christians, remembering the joy of Christ's Passover, are comforted and with renewed vigor continue to bear the feat of fasting.