“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)
Exaltation of the Cross
Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.
Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)
The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.
"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)
Pray Without Ceasing
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Wisdom from the Church Fathers
Adam, God's first-formed man,
transgressed: could He [God] not at once have brought death upon him?
But see what the Lord does, in His great love towards man. He casts him
out from Paradise, for because of sin he was unworthy to live there;
but He puts him to dwell over against Paradise: that seeing whence he
had fallen, and from what and into what a state he was brought down, he
might afterwards be saved by repentance.
St. Cyril of Jerusalem (Catechetical Lectures: Lecture 2 no. 7)