Canon for the Feast of the Dedication of the Holy Cross
(Ի վերայ վիմի հաւատոյ)
Translated by: V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
Exodus 15 (օրհ)
Upon the rock of faith you have built your holy church. Keep her in peace.
You granted mercy in the dwelling of the angels and the place of mankind’s expiation.Grant her your unshaken peace.
In the temple of the glory of your holiness, children sing to you. Grant them your abundant mercy.
Come, people, to the temple of Christ’s glory. Give praise, everyone, in the highest.
For Christ the king crowned her with his wondrous glory. Give praise, everyone, in the highest.
In her even the hosts of angels in their choirs celebrate the feast of the Lord. Give praise, everyone, in the highest.
The life-giving cross, which became salvation for us—through it, we all sing your praise.
Radiating on earth as light from the Father of light, and a scepter of power for the faithful—through it, we all sing your praise.
A brilliant effusion, it was shown to us miraculously for relief against the enemy. Through it we all sing your praise.
Daniel 3 (հրց)
At the marvelous Dedication in Jerusalem, your cross was shown to us in radiant majesty, O Lord, God of our fathers.
And reborn in baptism of the holy font, today we celebrate the feast with joy by the sign of your holy cross, O God of our fathers.
Bless the Lord and exalt him forever.
For the holy church is betrothed to Christ. The heavenly bridegroom has crowned her with the cross; to the left and to the right it takes wing, making heirs of the nations. Exalt him forever.
Come, O people of Christ, let us bow down before this divine sign. Nailed to it with him, we also reign with him. Exalt him forever.
We magnify you, O Word and indescribable offspring of the Father. Having taken body from the Virgin, you were made manifest to us.
We magnify you, who trampled down death as God, and dissolved the seal of death. You were lifted to the cross by the will of the Father.
We magnify you, who were buried in a new tomb, and you rose on the third day. You ascended to heaven with the glory of the Father.
Psalm 50(51) (ողր)
In your sanctuary of holiness, which you chose by your coming, O Christ; in her we beseech you in unison: hear the voice of our supplications; accept us and revive us.
With your divine light, shining more brightly than the sun, you illuminated your holy church. In her we beseech you in unison: hear the voice of our supplications; accept us and revive us.
Today even the angels rejoice at the brilliance of your holy church. In her we beseech you in unison: hear the voice of our supplications; accept us and revive us.
Psalm 148 (տէր)
In the temple of the holiness of your glory, O Christ, which you illuminated from heaven by your divine dawning. In her, we shall sing your praise unceasingly.
You granted us the redemptive mystery of the knowledge of God your high priest and witness. By his supplications, spare us.
Keep untroubled and peaceful the faithful people of the holy Trinity, those who take refuge in the sanctuary of your glory.
Psalm 112 (մնկ)
Your altar, O Lord of hosts, was erected in faith in your sanctuary. Come, people, let us venerate it.
Today a precious stone was set up in your sanctuary. Come, people, let us venerate it.
In her was offered the true sacrifice and the incorrupt oblation. Come, people, let us venerate.