This Sunday, March 11, is the third Sunday of Great Lent and the Sunday of the Holy Cross. Also commemorated on this day is St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem (638-644), author of the life of St. Mary of Egypt.
The readings for this Sunday are: John 20:1-10 (7th Matins Gospel), Hebrews 4:14-5:6 (Epistle), and Mark 8:34-9:1 (Gospel).
“On the Third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Services include a special veneration of the Cross, which prepares the faithful for the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week”.