Novi Khan, Elin Pelin, Bulgaria, September 19, 2022
In March 2020, the foundation stone for the construction of a new cross was laid in Novi Khan, just outside of the Bulgarian capital.
Now, a 120-foot icon cross towers over the tiny village with a population of less than 2,000.
And on Saturday, in the period of the afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Life-Giving Cross, the massive symbol of Christ was consecrated by His Grace Bishop Polycarp of Belogradchik, Vicar of the Metropolis of Sofia, together with local clergy, reports the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The installation of the cross was initiated and financed by the local municipality, with the support of many citizens.
After blessing the cross with holy water, Bp. Polycarp spoke of the importance of building and constructing holy places everywhere to testify to the power of faith, encourage the people to spiritual reflections, and pass on the Gospel to future generations.
The area around the cross will also be developed into a place for rest, recreation, and spiritual contemplation. There will also be a chapel in honor of the Exaltation of the Cross.
Earlier this year, a large luminescent cross was erected in the mountains overlooking the Bulgarian Cherepish Monastery.