Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The Second Day
(Զօրութիւն սուրբ խաչի)
Translated by: V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
The power of your holy cross, O Christ, which you erected for the salvation of the world—let it protect us from all temptation.
For on it, God, you were lifted up, and on it you poured out your precious, holy blood. Let it protect us from all temptation.
And by the sign of your cross you showed the world your second coming. Let it protect us from all temptation.
When Adam turned a deaf ear in life-creating Paradise, through the deceptive seduction of the wood of the tree of knowledge, he ate of the fruit by the serpent’s seduction and settled below, in the capital, Jerusalem.
The dawn gave forth in Paradise the wood of the cross. He came and met his end in the place of the Skull. The elemental wood rose to the sentry. The holy four-winged cross is the protector of our souls.
Uncreated Word, consubstantial with the Father and the Holy Spirit, having appeared on Earth, creation glistened. By the power of the mighty One, he assigned to us too the grace of adoption.
Today the sign of the Lord appeared among the luminous clouds through the fiery effulgence of the cross. Those who saw it, ran ahead to the city and told of your sign, O Lord, God of our fathers.
The ray of the holy cross shone from the East; your sign, with rays like the sun, was seen by all at the third hour.
The redemptive cross was shown to us as a refuge, so that with it, we might triumph over the lawless enemy. We have received the seal of establishment, your cross, upon our souls.
Bless the Lord and exalt him forever.
Today the sign of the holy cross appeared in heaven. Come, new people, together bless the Lord and exalt him forever.
Today, reflecting upon holy Golgotha, an awesome sight appeared to the people. Priests, bless the Lord in song, exalt him forever.
Mother of light, O Mary, holy virgin, you gave birth in the body to the light from the Father, and you became the dawn of the sun of righteousness. With spiritual song, we magnify you, O holy lady.
The throne and tree of life of the immortal fruit were more excellent than the Cherubim, O Ark of the covenant of the Word and golden urn of the heavenly manna. With spiritual song, we magnify you, O holy lady.
Through you was opened the gate to paradise, guarded by the Seraphim, and through you was given to us the wood of immortality, which, upon it, the immortal victim of the sacrifice today illuminated from heaven. With spiritual song, we magnify you, O holy lady.
The sign of the triumph having appeared from heaven, today the light of mercy has shone upon the nations.
And today a multitude of people saw the holy cross adorned with beams of light.
At the appearance of your holy cross, O Christ, today Jerusalem reveled exceedingly.
And the multitude of the assembly saw the rising of the light of your divine, radiant sign.
The all-triumphant power of your cross, O Christ, was displayed by your power as relief against the warring enemy.
Christ, you gave us your cross as a scepter of power. With this, we shall triumph over the lawless enemy.
This is a weapon of triumph, sharpened by the blood of the Son of God and with this, we shall triumph over the lawless enemy.
This is a throne of sovereignty, and upon it is seated Christ, the Son of God. And with this, we shall triumph over the lawless enemy.
This is an altar of holiness, and upon it is sacrificed Christ, the lamb of God. And with this, we shall triumph over the lawless enemy.
This is a forerunner to the day of the coming of the Savior, and a crown of splendor for the faithful. And with this, we shall triumph over the lawless enemy.