The following comes from a press release issued on March 31 by the San Francico archdiocese.

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco and His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco will join together in prayer for the service of Salutations to the Holy Cross of our Lord on Tuesday, April 8 in Belmont, California. This year’s gathering commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the historic meeting between Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI and is dedicated to the upcoming meeting between His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Pope Francis in May 2014.

This local tradition began in 2007 after the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont received a relic of the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. The faithful of the Holy Cross Church, along with the neighboring parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church have gathered in prayer annually each year to venerate this blessed relic, calling to mind the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our salvation.

All faithful are invited to participate in this service which will take place on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, California. A reception and discussion will be held immediately following the Salutations service.

For more information, please contact Holy Cross Church at 650-591-4447. For those faithful not able to be in attendance or for those living outside the immediate area, you may also watch the service online at at 7:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.