Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Seventh Day (Saturday)
(Որ ծագեցեր մեզ լոյս մեծ)
Translated by: V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
You shined upon us the sign of the victory of your cross, a great light, O King eternal. And you gaveit to your faithful as a solid rampart, a mighty tower in the face of the enemy. We beseech you, Lord, protect us under the shadow of your holy cross.
This is a crown adorned by the grace of the intelligible Light and placed upon the head of the sinner. [It is] painted in suitable hues with the blood and the water from the lance-wounded side, that you sustained from the soldier. We beseech you, Lord, protect us under the shadow of your holy cross.
With this you parted the abyss of the sea of sin, and you engulfed the captor in the depths of eternal fire. You retrieved your people into the abodes of heaven of the fallen hosts. We beseech you, Lord, protect us under the shadow of your holy cross.
The sign lifted on a pole became a figure of the four-armed holy cross. Moses fashioned a bronze serpent for the Israeli camp, to deliver those who had been wounded by the poison of the biting reptiles. We beseech you, Lord, protect us under the shadow of your holy cross.
Before your charitable sovereignty we submit the portrait of your immaculate mother. When you come with the glory of the Father to judge the enemy of your cross, forgive us for our errors through the intercession of your mother and virgin. We beseech you, Lord, protect us under the shadow of your holy cross.
O Consubstantial with the Father, you willingly came to suffer. You took upon yourself suffering. Enduring the cross, you descended into the tomb.
The oil bearers came to your tomb, O Savior. They brought sweet oil to perfume your incorruptible body.
They heard the good news of the angel, who said, “The Lord has risen from the dead. He has granted you life.”
O God most-merciful in all things, look compassionately upon me and rescue me, for you alone love mankind.
And with your life-giving cross keep me; and with your resurrection save me and deliver me, for you alone love mankind.
And at your second coming, O Lord, renew me again and deliver me, for you alone love mankind.
Christ God, who stretched out your hands upon the cross and dissolved the seal of our condemnation, have mercy [on us].
You were nailed to the cross and by the flowing of your blood you saved the universe from sin. Have mercy [on us].
You were buried in the earth and you rose on the third day. You destroyed hell by your word. Have mercy [on us].
Hell shuddered from the cruciform wood. By the power of the Holy Spirit the earth was renewed. Who is this who has thwarted death?
The angel gave good tidings to the virgin Mary. This is the Word from the beginning, the Son who is before the ages. This is the king who thwarted death.
He rose on the third day. The rocks split. The earth shook. Hell trembled. This is Christ, the One who lives through the ages.
Christ God, who, exhibited your triumphant sign more fiery than the sun, high above holy Golgotha. For this we extol you, God of our fathers.
For your resplendent and holy, saving cross, O Lord, adorned by the light of heaven, reflected and appeared to Jerusalem. For this we extol you, God of our fathers.
And by its flaming, radiant gleam, it surpassed the rays of the solar bodies. And awestruck, both natives and pilgrims proceeded to the place of expiation for prayers.
Praise the Lord and exalt him forever.
Christ typified today the awesome mystery of his second coming through the shining of the holy cross, by which the earth reveled. And exalt [him] forever.
It was exhibited in an awesome manner. Jerusalem rejoiced. But terrified, the ranks of those in hell trembled. And exalt [him] forever.
Mother of God, more resplendent than heaven, you dawned on us the great and excellent Light, by whom the darkness of ignorance dissipated. In the voice of the Seraphim, we extol you and with spiritual song we magnify you.
Swift and luminous cloud, who poured out from the heavenly sea the rain of life within you, which you spilled upon the parched earth; in the voice of the Seraphim, we extol you and with spiritual song we magnify you.
O Eden, cloistered garden planted by God, in the midst of your paradise, the tree of life was also planted by the Spirit. He filled the universe with the immortal fruit. In the voice of the Seraphim, we extol you and with spiritual song we magnify you.
Today the triumphant sign appeared on earth and made the universe sparkle. You gave your cross, O Lord, as a weapon of triumph to rescue us from the deception of the enemy.
Wood of life erected in the middle of the universe; hope and refuge of the human race. Let this keep us from our every danger to rescue us from the deception of the enemy.
By the triumphant power of your cross, protect us, Christ God, for you stretched out your hands upon it and dissolved the seal of condemnation for our errors to rescue us from the deception of the enemy.
All creatures bow down before your cross, O Christ, which was erected for our salvation. Let it be our triumphant protector to rescue us from the deceit of the Slanderer.
On it you were lifted up, O Lifter of the curse, who are glorified with the Father, to gather together by the life-giving wood those who have been alienated; to rescue us from the deceit of the Slanderer.
All creatures have been illuminated through it. Those who were held captive in the sin-loving prison waited for it, which freed us from the deceit of the Slanderer.
The troops of Cherubim with the fiery Seraphim surrounded and guarded the path to the tree of life in the garden created by God. Today you shone forth upon the earth, O wood of life and salvation, adorned by God. The children of the holy church praise you.
A ram [caught] in the sabek tree was offered in immolation in place of Isaac. But upon you was sacrificed the immaculate lamb as reconciliation with the Father and to take away our sins. The children of the holy church praise you.
The Pauline splendor professed you as the locus and the altar of the divine Word. For through you we have been rescued from the biting, bodiless beast, and droplets of the incorruptible blood that poured forth upon you have erased the sin of the one born of the rib.
You gave your holy cross as a weapon to your holy church. With it, condemned, the enemy was defeated.
With it, protect your people, Christ. Through it we worship you with the Father and the Spirit.
We take refuge in you, O Christ, who are coming again by means of your cross in order to save us on that day of the awesome tribunal.
Today the apparition of the great, gleaming sign of our Lord God radiates on the [Feast of the] Dedication in Jerusalem. O people, extolling Christ, celebrate with joy!
For the glimmer of the life-giving holy cross was revealed in the East, shining like the sun with the piercing light. O people, extolling Christ, celebrate with joy!
Reflecting from heaven in awesome and spectacular wonder, the Lord’s sign was shown over holy Golgotha. O people, extolling Christ, celebrate with joy!