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Sunday, September 27, A.D. 2009
Elevation of the Cross

Today on the old calendar, we celebrate the Elevation of the Cross, a “fast day” feast on which we remember the cross of Christ. We also celebrate the finding and raising of the cross by Empress Helen—wife of Constantius and mother of Constantine—who traveled to the Holy Land to dedicate churches on sites of Christian significance after her son legalized Christianity and stopped the persecutions. Christians went from a persecuted underground sect to the favored imperial religion, with the emperor’s mother piously devoted to replacing pagan temples with Christian ones.

The feast functioned as the civil holiday for the Christian empires of Rome and, later, Russia. The troparion of the feast was the imperial anthem.

The Lord is king, let the peoples rage;
He sitteth on the cherubim,
Let the earth be shaken.

(Troparion:)

O Lord, save Thy people,
And bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
Over their adversaries;
And by the virtue of Thy Cross,
Preserve Thy commonwealth.

The Lord is great in Sion, and He is high above all peoples.

O Lord, save Thy people,
And bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
Over their adversaries;
And by the virtue of Thy Cross,
Preserve Thy commonwealth.

Let them confess Thy great name, for it is terrible and holy; and the king’s honour loveth judgment.

O Lord, save Thy people,
And bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
Over their adversaries;
And by the virtue of Thy Cross,
Preserve Thy commonwealth.

Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship the footstool of His feet; for He is holy.

O Lord, save Thy people,
And bless Thine inheritance.
Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians
Over their adversaries;
And by the virtue of Thy Cross,
Preserve Thy commonwealth.

Kontakion:

As Thou was mercifully crucified for our sake,
Grant mercy to those who are called by Thy name;
Make all Orthodox Christians glad by Thy power,
Granting them victories over their adversaries,
By bestowing on them the invincible trophy,
Thy weapon of peace.

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, September 27, Anno Domini 2009
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