You are invited to the Holy Cross Parish Pilgrimage for Lent which will take place on Saturday, 1 April 2014, which is a public holiday in Cyprus.
We will journey to the magnificent Monastery of Our Lady of Machairas. It will be a great day with a deep experience of faith for the whole parish. We will pray on the way, meditate and have the opportunity to confess as well as have picnic lunch together in the forest, make the Way of the Cross to arrive at the Monastery of Our Lady of Machairas, be welcomed and guided there and enjoy throughout the day the beauty of the nature the Lord has created!
We will set-off together from Holy Cross at 8am and return by about 5pm for the Adoration and Holy Mass and the price will be 8 euro per person to cover the costs. Register as soon as possible in the sacristy at Holy Cross to ensure a place on the coach. Invite also your family and friends! An icon of Our Lady of Machairas will be given to each pilgrim.It will be a remarkable day for us all with a wonderful experience with the Lord and Our Lady! Come and receive the blessings!
OUR LADY OF MACHAIRAS – Legend has it that an unknown hermit smuggled one of the 70 icons said to have been painted by Luke the Apostle secretly from Asia Minor to Cyprus. This icon of the Virgin Mary remained in its hiding place until the arrival of two other hermits from Palestine in 1145: Neophytos and Ignatius who stumbled across the icon in a cave. To reach it, they had to machete their way into the cave through the thick plant growth, so the icon assumed the name ‘Machairiotissa’ in reference to the Greek word for knife μαχαίρι (Makhaira). The whole monastery founded on this site takes its name from this icon.