Saint John Chrysostom prepares us for the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Today’s Communion Antiphon is a text of the Apostle Paul placed in the golden mouth of the glorious Archbishop of Constantinople: “We preach Christ crucified, the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:23–224). Tomorrow the power and wisdom of God will radiate from the glorious Cross into the whole universe.
Thanks to the Cross we are no longer in a state of widowhood,
for we are reunited to the Bridegroom;
we are not afraid of the wolf,
because we have the Good Shepherd. . . .
Thanks to the Cross we dread no usurper,
since we are sitting beside the King.
(Saint John Chrysostom, Homily I on the Cross and the Thief)
They that are learned
shall shine as the brightness of the firmament:
and they that instruct many to justice,
as stars for all eternity (cf. Dan 12:3).
ACT OF PENITENCE
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins,
that we may be