Festival of the origin (business) of the honest ancient Life-giving Cross of the Lord (14/08)

On August 14, on the first day of the Dormition Fast, the Orthodox Church celebrates the origin (wearing) of the precious trees of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord.

From the time when the Son of God consecrated the Cross with His sufferings, an extraordinary miraculous power began to manifest in it. Its manifestation is also evidenced by the history of the holiday, described in the Greek hour book of 1897:

“Because of illnesses, which were very common in August, the custom of wearing the Holy Tree of the Cross on roads and streets has long been established in Constantinople to sanctify places and to ward off illnesses. On the eve, wearing it out of the royal treasury, they relied on the holy meal of the Great Church. From this day onwards until the Assumption of the Most Holy Theotokos, creating litia throughout the city, they then offered it to the people for worship. This is the origin of the Holy Cross.”