The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross + September 14


The Elevation of the Cross +

"Let all the trees of the wood, planted from the beginning of time, rejoice; for their nature hath been sanctified by the stretching of Christ on the Tree. Wherefore, now, we worship Him, lifted up, and magnify Him."

-- Canon of the Feast, Ninth Ode, Tone 8

"By the mere planting of thy Cross, O Christ, the foundation of death did shake; for him whom Hades did swallow eagerly, it delivered up with trembling; for verily, thou didst reveal to us thy salvation, O holy One. Wherefore, do we glorify thee, O Son of God. Have mercy upon us."

-- Second Kathisma, Orthros of the Feast, Tone 6

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. Two events connected to the Honorable Cross of our Lord are commemorated this day: first, the finding of the Cross by the Empress Helena in the Holy Land; and second, the return of the Cross from Persia to Jerusalem in the year 628.

Historical background of the Feast

Hymnography of the Feast from the Department of Liturgics and Translations.

Listen to Frederica Mathewes-Green discuss the Feast on OCN's Icons in Sound broadcast.

Fr. Thomas Hopko discusses the Feast.