Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
1 Corinthians 1:18
The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is celebrated today, the 14th of September. It commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord by St. Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. It is also a time to celebrate the universality of the work of redemption accomplished through the Cross: the entire universe is seen through the light of the Cross, the new Tree of Life which provides nourishment for those who have been redeemed in Christ.
Rest from labour. A Fast is observed today, whatever day of the week it may be.
You who were lifted upon the Cross of Your own will, O Christ our God, bestow your compassions upon the commonwealth that bears Your name.
By Your power, gladden our faithful rulers, giving them victory over their adversaries.
May your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
Kontakion (4th Tone)