The consecration and exaltation of the cross upon the dome of the temple took place at the construction area of the parish school on the 19th of October. With the blessing of Agafangel, Metropolitan of Odessa and Izmail, Bishops Diodorus, Victor and the local clergy concelebrated the consecration of the cross of the Saint Sergius of Radonezh Church, located in the complex of Ukraine’s first parish school.
It is common knowledge that temple building is always crested with a cross, without which it cannot exist as the House of God. As known, exaltation of the cross upon the dome of the Church is accompanied with certain Orthodox ceremonials. Many people gathered that day at the school construction area. The cross itself, established within the walls of the future Church, surprised everyone with its glory and majesty. The liturgy was attended by all those present. The words of prayer for the cross erection approached the souls of all those, who attended this event: “The cross is the glory of Church, king’s power, veracious statement, as well as ulcer for evil angels…”
Representatives of the Odessa Eparchy, who took direct part in the consecration, expressed confidence, “One of the missions of this unique institution is to unite our society, contribute to peace, instill moral values in youth”.
It is acceptable before God to exalt the Cross upon the Temple which is a symbol of the triumph of good over evil. Indeed, it is a significant feast for all Orthodox Christians. I congratulate all citizens of Odessa on this event. I’ve always been confident: the more churches we have, the less prisons there are. “Our people’s spirituality is the principal element of the victory over evil”, Sergey Kivalov said.