Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Fifth Day
(Անպատումն կառք անքննելի)
Translated by: V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
O chariot beyond description, and vessel of the impenetrable mystery, O holy four-armed [cross], invisibly reverenced in awe by the hovering, fluttering wings of the Seraphim; we bow down to you. Come to our aid in our comings and goings.
Invincible sign and vessel of the unassailable power, O holy four-winged [cross], you appeared to the dismay of the rebels, who shuttered and trembled for fear of you, and submerged in dread, they perished. We bow down to you. Come to our aid in our comings and goings.
The Prophet Zechariah envisaged you as a golden lamp stand with seven lamps of light, shining upon the earth, O holy four-winged cross. The immaterial being who came into being in our [human] nature, and who was stretched out upon you, purified the filth of the human race through the fountain flowing from his side. We bow down to you. Come to our aid in our comings and goings.
When you emerged from burial, O holy four-winged [cross], the legions of the Slanderer’s armies perished in awe of you; and at the rising of the youngster the faithful rejoiced. We bow down to you. Come to our aid in our comings and goings.
Heaven on Earth, and speechless intercessor for us in heaven, O holy four-winged [cross]. You are the forerunner to the awesome and blazing resplendence [that] foretell the coming of the Son of God. We bow down to you. Come to our aid in our comings and goings.
When you shine from the East in light beyond words and enlighten those of faith; and when you condemn the race of faithless Jews, O holy four-winged [cross]; enlighten me also, darkened in sin, and promote among those of the book of your kingdom of heaven ineffable, so that you may be unceasingly praised. And yours is the glory forever. Amen.
Today the choirs of angels rejoice at the dedication of Christ’s holy church, singing praise to the Lord God of our fathers.
Today the choirs of the holy apostles celebrate the feast of the upper Jerusalem; in the intelligible temple they offer spiritual songs, singing Lord God of our fathers.
Today lifting up their voices in song, the choirs of faithful cry out together: Make us worthy, in the temple of your holiness to glorify the all-holy Trinity, the Lord, God of our fathers.
Praise the Lord and most highly exalt him forever.
The One who enlightened the holy, universal, mother church with the divine light; all nations praise and most highly exalt him forever.
The One who elevated the children of the holy church to the choirs of the supernal hosts; priests, bless and most highly exalt him forever.
The angel proclaimed the good news with a divine voice, O Mother of God, heavenly gate. Rejoice, O delighted one, the Lord is with you.
The One seated among the Cherubim with the Father was pleased to dwell incorruptibly in your womb. Rejoice, O delighted one, the Lord is with you.
He who was surrounded and protected by the fiery Seraphim is revealed among men today on an earthly lap. Rejoice, O delighted one, the Lord is with you.
Shine, Jerusalem, for your light has come. Adorn your fortresses and the glory of the Lord will rise upon you.
Praise from Sion befits you, O God, with songs of praise and psalms; and prayers will be offered to you in Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem, and bless your God, new people, [the] queen, [the] daughter of Sion.
Today the divinity exults, creating the earth anew. Holy choirs of vigilant angels glorify [the divinity]. Let us, too, adorn this holy feast with shouts of praise.
Today we too delight in this feast with universal acclaim. With magnificent resplendence [the divinity] appeared in the world. [Expressions of] thanksgiving rush toward God. They unceasingly proclaim the living word.
Rejoice and exult virgin holy church and bride of the heavenly groom. Behold we see the anointed One, Christ, coming to you, the Light to the nations!
Wisdom of the Father, who, from the beginning, in wisdom, established the church, which Moses signified by prefiguring it in the tent resembling heaven on Mount Sinai, illuminated by the glory of God.
Imprinting the mystery of your incorruptible economy from the holy Virgin in the ark of the divine covenant of the testaments of the Word of God, a place of rest for the glory of the uncreated One.
In the turning of the Jordan you gave an example of the return of our nature to life; and through the destruction of Jericho by means of the ark, [you gave an example of] the captivity of death and of hell; of the cross working wonders in the new Israel. The children shall sing praise to you, Lord.
Today the choirs of angels rejoice at your establishment on earth, O luminous, heavenly tabernacle, O holy church. Be glad, precious stone, our shelter and hope.
Delight, immaculate bride, fittingly veiled. Adorn yourself with glory and run ahead to the heavenly bridegroom. Be glad, barren mother of many, behold the bridegroom comes to you.
In this very place a font of baptism was renovated for us; a mother’s womb, in which, conceived by the Spirit, second birth is given to us who believe in Christ. Be glad, you, who formerly had no mother, behold your son comes to you.