Menaion

September 14

Great feastTHE EXALTATION OF THE PRECIOUS, HOLY, AND LIFE-CREATING CROSS, which is exalted and honored the day after the dedication of the basilica of the Resurrection built over the tomb of Christ, just as the trophy and sign of his paschal victory would appear in heaven, at last foretelling his second advent to all.

The passing of our holy father John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople, whose feast is kept on the thirteenth of November.

At Vespers

music (samohlasen)

If it is Saturday evening or Sunday evening, we sing "Blessed is the man."

There are eight stichera at "O Lord, I have cried."

Tone 6, special melody Vsju otloživše.  By its elevation the Cross is like an appeal to the whole creation. * We adore the blessed passion of Christ our God * who was suspended on it. * By this Cross, Christ destroyed the one who had destroyed us. * In his great goodness he brought us back to life after we had been dead. * In his mercy he clothed us with beauty * and made us worthy of heaven. * Therefore, we exalt his name with great rejoicing * and glorify his infinite condescension. (3 times)

O precious Cross of the Lord, * Moses prefigured you when he stretched out his arms to heaven * and thus defeated the haughty Amalek. * You are the pride of the faithful * and the strength of those who struggle, * the glory of the apostles, the courage of the just, * and the salvation of the saints. * Therefore, at the sight of your elevation, * the whole creation
rejoices, exalts, and glorifies Christ * whose goodness joined together those who had strayed. (3 times)

O most venerable Cross of the Lord, * the angels surround you with joy at your elevation today. * You raise up those who had fallen and had been delivered to death * for having eaten
of the forbidden tree. * Therefore, we praise you with our lips, * begging for sanctification, saying: * Exalt Christ our gracious God, O you nations, * and adore his divine footsteps forever. (twice)

Glory, now and ever – Tone 2.  Come all you people, * let us venerate the blessed Cross of the Lord * through which eternal justice came to us. * He who deceived Adam, the first man, was conquered by a tree, * and the same who fettered the royal creation by his cunning * has been cast down into nothingness. * The venom of the serpent has been washed away * by the divine blood of Christ. * The curse of the rightful sentence was lifted * when the just Christ was condemned unjustly. * By God's plan, death that had come from a tree would be conquered by a Tree, * and suffering would be healed by the suffering of the Lord. * Glory to the active presence of your providence in our lives, 0 Christ, our King. * Through it you have brought salvation for all, * for you are gracious and the Lover of us all.

Entrance with censer, and prokeimenon of the day.  Then three readings:

A reading from Exodus (Exodus 15:22 - 16:1).

A reading from Proverbs (Proverbs 3:11-18).

A reading from the Prophecy of Isaiah (Isaiah 60:11-16).

Stichera at the litija:

Tone 1 Bolhar. The prophecy of David is truly fulfilled today, * for we now bow down before your footstool * in the shadow of your wings, O God of love. * Filled with hope, we cry out: * Let
the light of your face shine upon us, * and raise up all the faithful Christians * by the exaltation of your precious Cross, * O Christ, our God of tenderness and mercy.

The Tree of life which was planted in the place of the Skull, * the Tree upon which the King of the Ages brought about our salvation, * is raised up in the middle of the earth today. * It sanctifies the ends of the earth, * and the Church of the Resurrection celebrates its rededication now. * The angels rejoice in heaven, * and those upon the earth exalt with joy and say with
David: * Exalt the Lord our God and bow before his throne * and before his footstool, for He is holy; * it is He who grants great mercy to the world.

Jacob, the Patriarch, prefigured your Cross, O Christ, * when he blessed his descendants * by laying his hands on their heads in the form of a cross. * Today we exalt it and cry out, 0 Savior: * Grant victory to your Church over her enemies, * as You once did to your people.

Tone 2 Bolhar. Hidden in the earth as a divine treasure, * the Cross of the Giver of Life now appeared in the heavens to the godly king, * and its inscription spiritually signified his victory over the enemy. * Rejoicing with faith and love, * he was inspired by God and hastened to raise on high * the Cross that he had seen in his vision. * With great zeal he brought it forth from the bosom of the earth * for the deliverance of the world and the salvation of our souls.

By crossing his hands in the blessing of his children, * the Patriarch Jacob foreshadowed the powerful sign of the Cross. * We now have it as our safeguard that cannot be overthrown, * and with its strength we drive out the hosts of demons. * Casting down the arrogance of Belial with it, * we put to flight the destroying power of Amalek. * And now that it is lifted on high, * we the faithful offer it in devotion * for the cleansing of our sins before the goodness of God. * We cry aloud with the fullness of our voices: * Have mercy on us, O Lord made flesh of a Virgin; * take pity on us, O Gracious One, * for we are the works which You fashioned in your wisdom.

O triple-branched Cross of Christ, * you are my strong protection. * Sanctify me by your might * that I may venerate and glorify you in faith and love.

Tone 4 Bolhar. Let us raise our voices today and sing in honor of this feast, * and with radiant faces let us cry out in a loud voice: * For us You accepted condemnation, O Christ; * You
were spat upon and scourged; * You were wrapped in a purple robe and have ascended the Cross. * Seeing You, the sun and moon hid their light, * the earth quaked in fear, and the veil of
the temple was torn in two. * Now give us your precious Cross as our guardian, * our protector which drives away the demons, * that embracing it, we may all cry out: * Save us, O Cross, by your might, * and strengthen us through your exaltation, * for you have been given to us as the light and salvation of our souls.

O Cross, you are the radiant sign among the stars. * In prophecy you have revealed the sign of victory to the godly king; * and when his mother Helena found you, * she displayed you in the sight of all the world. * Today the choirs of the faithful shout aloud as they raise you on high: * Enlighten us by your brightness, O life-giving and all-venerable Cross. * Make us holy by your might; * strengthen us by your exaltation, * for you are raised up against our enemies.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 4.  Moses prefigured the power of your precious Cross, O Christ, * when he conquered Amalek, his enemy, in the wilderness of Sinai. * When he stretched out his arms in the form of a cross, * the people were strengthened. * Now these images are fulfilled in us. * Today the Cross is exalted, and the devils are put to flight. * Today all creation is freed from corruption. * Through the Cross every gift of grace has shone upon us. * Therefore, rejoiclnq, we bow down before You and say: * How marvelous are your works, O Lord, glory to You!

The aposticha are for feast:

Tone 5, special melody Radujsja živonosnyj kreste.  Joy to you, life-bearing Cross of the Lord, * invincible triumph of the true faith. * You are the gate to Paradise, * the strength of the faithful, and the stronghold of the Church. * Because of you, corruption no longer has meaning nor power. * By you we have been lifted up from earth to heaven. * You are an invincible weapon against evil, * a glory indeed for saints and martyrs, * and a haven for salvation. * You are the source of mercy to the world.

Exalt the Lord, our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

Joy to you, most honorable Cross of the Lord. * Through you the human race has been delivered from the curse. * In your exaltation you are a sign of true joy. * O Cross all-venerable,
you scatter all our enemies. * You are the help of Christians, the glory of kings, * the strength of the just, and the splendor of priests. * All who sign themselves with you are freed from
peril. * You are the strength under which we are tended like sheep. * The angels gather around you in awe as the source of peace. * You are the glory of Christ * who grants great mercy to the world

God is our king from all ages. He has accomplished salvation in the middle of the earth.

Joy to you, precious Cross of the Lord, * guide to the blind and physician to the sick, * and resurrection to the dead. * You raised us out of corruption and removed the curse. * Through
you we have been made divine, * and the power of Hades has been destroyed in full. * Therefore, seeing you today lifted up by our priests, * we exalt Christ who was suspended on you; *
and we bow deeply before you, * seeking forgiveness and great mercy.

Glory, now and ever – Tone 8.  Of old, Moses prefigured your Cross * while vanquishing Amalek and obtaining victory over him. * David the psalmist called it your footstool * and directed us to adore it. * We sinners indeed venerate your Cross today, O Christ our God. * With our unworthy lips we extol You, * for You deigned to be crucified on it; * and we entreat You, O Lord: * Together with the thief, make us worthy of your kingdom.

Troparion of the Cross, Tone 1.  Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross. (3 times)

At the Divine Liturgy

music

First Antiphon (Ps. 21:2-4):
My God, my God, hear me; why have you forsaken me? Far from my salvation are the words of my transgression.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

O my God, I call by day and you give no reply; I call by night and I find no peace.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

O God, you are enthroned in the Holy Place, the Glory of Israel.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Glory... now and ever...
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, save us.

Second Antiphon (Ps. 73:1-2):
Why, O God, have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Remember your flock which you acquired long ago, whom you redeemed as your inheritance.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Remember Mount Zion where you made your dwelling.
Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to you: Alleluia!

Glory... now and ever...
O Only-begotten Son and Word of God...

Third Antiphon (Ps. 98:1-4), sung to the Tone 1 troparion melody:
The Lord is King; let the peoples rage. He is enthroned upon the Cherubim; let the earth quake.
Refrain: Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

The Lord is great in Zion; he is supreme of the people.
Refrain: Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

Let them praise your magnificent name; it is awesome and holy.
Refrain: Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

Entrance Hymn, sung to the Tone 1 troparion melody (Ps. 98:5). Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

Troparion of the Cross, Tone 1.  Save your people, O Lord, and bless your inheritance. * Grant victory to your Church over evil, * and protect your people by your cross.

Glory, now and ever – Kontakion of the Cross, Tone 4.   Christ our God, who were willingly raised upon the cross, * grant your mercies to the new people who bear your name. * By your power grant joy to the Church. * Give her victory over evil * with your invincible trophy, the weapon of peace, * as an ally.

Instead of "Holy God", the following is sung:

We bow to your cross, O Lord, and we glorify your holy resurrection. (three times)
Glory... now and ever. And we glorify your holy resurrection.
We bow to your cross, O Lord, and we glorify your holy resurrection. (three times)

Prokeimenon, Tone 7 (Ps. 98:5,1). Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his foot-stool, for he is holy.
V.The Lord is King; let the peoples rage.

Epistle:  1 Corinthians 1:18-24

Alleluia, Tone 1 (Ps. 73:2,12). Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
V. Remember your flock which you acquired long ago.
V. God is our king from all ages. He has accomplished salvation in the middle of the earth.

Gospel:  John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35

Magnification. Extol, O my soul, the most precious cross of the Lord.

Irmos, Tone 8. You are a mystical paradise, O Theotokos; * Christ has blossomed forth from you without tilling. * He planted the life-bearing tree of the cross on the earth. * As we now exalt the cross * and bow before it, we proclaim your greatness.

Communion Hymn (Ps. 4:7). We have been signed, O Lord, with the light of your face. Alleuia! Alleluia! Alleluia!