Word for the Weekend

Some believe that the saraph serpents mentioned in this Sunday's first reading were saw-scaled vipers, pictured above and often found in deserts. Fortunately, you can read all about these creatures without having to encounter one!

September 14 on the church calendar is the Solemnity of the Exaltation of the Cross, a feast of such magnitude that it trumps the prayers and lections for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

You can read about the feast as a prelude to surveying the scripture readings and background material on them. Got kids? Here are some hints for helping them prepare to hear God's word on Sunday.

The first reading for Sunday and the gospel both use the image of the serpent lifted up as a healing remedy for God's people. The second reading is a hymn to the cross of Christ and the glory in which he is lifted up.


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