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What does the Procession of the Cross on Hossana Sunday and during the Feasts of the Cross signify? What are the theological and ritualological meanings?

St. Paul said, "But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world" (Gal 6:14). The Procession of the Cross signifies the joy of the Church in  the Cross of her Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ. The procession is done on the two feasts of the Cross and also on Hosanna Sunday because on this day we celebrate the Entry of our Lord Jesus Christ to Jerusalem as a king who will reign on the wood of the Cross (the throne of the King).

In the procession there are twelve stations that reflect the joy of the heavenly ranks with the cross. These are (Archangel Michael, Archangel Gabriel), the Victorious Church (St. Mary, St. John the Baptist, the Apostles, St. Mark, the Martyrs, and the Saints), and the Striving one (the Altar, the Northern Gate, the Baptistery, and the Southern Gate).
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