Today, Third Sunday of the Great Fast, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus performed the Divine Liturgy for St. Basil the Great at the Church of Our Lady Panouriotissa, Nicosia.
Chrysostomos preached God’s Word and praised the significance of the Holy Cross in the life of the Christians, emphasizing that Christ’s path to the Crucifixion must serve as a paradigm for every human being who seeks sanctification and holiness in his life.
Chrysostomos underlined that each Orthodox Christian must be determinant in this unbeaten and all uphill path.
“A Christian who does not crucify daily his flesh and sinful nature with its desires and passions, as Crucified Christ did, is no Christian at all”, argued the Archbishop.
“The Christian life is one of sacrifice and offerings. In contrast with the existing secular criteria, we must daily and willingly abolish failure, fall, pride, esteem, glory, selfish enrichment, evil narcissism, and embrace Christ with his Crucifixion nails. We must also be prepared to sacrifice ourselves for a life of higher values and ideals, a life in the service of our fellow human beings and their actual needs”, concluded the Archbishop.