Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Fourth Day
(Ուրախ լեր սուրբ եկեղեցի)
Translated by: V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
Rejoice, O holy Church, for Christ the king of heaven today has crowned you with his cross, and he has adorned your fortress with his wondrous glory.
Exult greatly, O daughter of Sion, for through your renewal earth has today become heaven, and the heavenly king was pleased to dwell within you.
With the choirs of the heavenly hosts, we celebrate today and lift up unceasing glorification. Be glad, immaculate bride, in your inscrutable mystery.
A tabernacle of holiness was erected, the holy church, and Christ the king was sacrificed in it. Come, faithful, let us bow down to Christ with a new song.
The choirs of angels having descended from heaven, sing aloud. Making melody with their wonderful voice, they sing songs of praise, chanting the three holies.
Rejoice! Be glad, O holy church become bride. Brighten your children in praise of Him who shined a beam of light on you, O mother church.
Today the holy church was filled with divine grace, a resplendent column of light. In her we praise you, O God of our fathers.
Bridal chamber for righteous men, in her a divine beam radiated from the Father of light. In her we praise you, O God of our fathers.
Bestower of mercy, O Lord, bestow her your unshaken peace. There we praise you, O God of our fathers.
Bless the Lord and most highly exalt him forever.
With the bodiless multitudes, he comes today to the holy church, Christ the king. All nations praise and most highly exalt him forever.
Come into the church, you who believe in the Holy Trinity. Praise God. Joyfully proclaim a feast to the corners of the table, and most highly exalt him forever.
Rejoice, O Mother of God, hope and mother of salvation. O recipient of light, we magnify you.
Mother of light and virgin, treasure of life, with a divine voice and praise, we magnify you.
Holy mother of the immaculate light, honored by angelic praise, we magnify you.
Renovating us, whom you created in your image, you made us a temple for yourself. Receive this temple in our midst, renovated by us, as a dwelling place for you.
O giver of life, you grant us the living image of your servile form, bearing [the image] of the one who raises up all in the glory of the holy Trinity.
Save the son of your servant, whom you honored by the sees of Rome, where they placed the rock of faith of the foundation of the holy church.
You wondrously adorned this latter [church]. You made its foundation glisten by dwelling in it with [us], thereby making the sumptuous, lustrous glory of this latter house greater than that the first.
Adorner of the holy church, with magnificent glory, he set out a glittering dwelling, a tabernacle for the choirs of angels. Praise him all creatures!
With miracles arising from himself, he laid her foundation upon the foundation of the holy apostles. And he granted forgiveness in her. The sons of mankind were promoted among the supernal, vigilant angels. Praise him all creatures!
By his omnipotent power and through his indescribable birth, he divinely opened his hands to the human race. And he bestowed dazzling vestments and ornaments as incorruptible grace, and wreathed crowns from the unapproachable light. Praise him all creatures!
Today the multitudes of heaven rejoice and delight at the dedication of the holy church, for an eternal high-priest has been granted to us for the enlightenment of the holy, universal church. Glory to your advent, O Lord.
Today a pillar of light from on high became our shelter, for the heavenly king comes into the holy church and the hosts of angels proliferate to celebrate with humanity. Glory to your advent, O Lord.
Today the true high priest, by means of the divine law, honors and erects the quadrangular table of the cross. He distributes the body and blood of the Lord, worthily sacrificed. O saved, new people, draw near in purity and beseech Christ to grant this to us for length of days.