Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 下午12.18.27SEPTEMBER 14

Universal Exaltation (Elevation) of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

[Music for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross from the Department of Liturgical Music and Translations can be downloaded at www.oca.org]

 

“Lord I Call…”    Tone 6

 

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Hear me, O Lord!

Lord, I call upon You, hear me!

Receive the voice of my prayer,

when I call upon You!

Hear me, O Lord!

 

Let my prayer arise

in Your sight as incense,

and let the lifting up of my hands

be an evening sacrifice!

Hear me, O Lord!

 

v. (8) Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord.  Lord, hear my voice!

 

Tone 6                         (Having placed all their hope)

 

As the Cross is lifted on high,

it urges all of creation

to praise the undefiled Passion of Christ, Who was lifted up on it.

For by the Cross He killed the one who killed us,

and brought us back to life when we were dead.

He adorned us in beauty,

and in His compassion made us worthy to live in heaven.

Therefore we rejoice and exalt His name,//

and magnify His infinite condescension.

 

v. (7) Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

 

(Repeat: “As the Cross is lifted on high …”)

 

v. (6) If You, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You.

 

(Repeat: “As the Cross is lifted on high …”)

 

v. (5) For Your name’s sake I have waited for You, O Lord, my soul has waited for Your word; my soul has hoped on the Lord.

 

Moses prefigured you, O precious Cross,

when he stretched out his hands on high,

and put the tyrant Amalek to flight.

You are the boast of the faithful, the support of those who suffer,

the glory of the Apostles, the champion of the Righteous,

and the preservation of all the Saints.

Therefore, beholding you raised on high,

creation rejoices and celebrates,

glorifying Christ Who has joined together through you that which

was divided//

in His infinite goodness.

 

v. (4) From the morning watch until night, from the morning, watch  let Israel hope on the Lord!

 

(Repeat: “Moses prefigured you, O precious Cross …”)

 

v. (3) For with the Lord there is mercy and with Him is plenteous redemption, and He will deliver Israel from all his iniquities.

 

(Repeat: “Moses prefigured you, O precious Cross …”)

 

v. (2) Praise the Lord, all nations!  Praise Him, all peoples!

 

O most venerable Cross,

attended by ranks of rejoicing Angels,

as you are exalted today at the divine command,

may you lift up again

all those who through the stolen food had been cast out and were

sunk in death.

Therefore, as we venerate you in faith with heart and lips,

we draw sanctification from you and cry aloud:

“Exalt Christ, the God transcendent in goodness,//

and venerate His divine footstool!“

 

v. (1) For His mercy is abundant towards us; and the truth of the Lord endures for ever.

 

(Repeat: “O most venerable Cross …”)

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,  

now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

 

Tone 2

 

Come, all you nations,

let us fall down in worship before the blessed Tree,

by which eternal justice has come to pass!

For he who deceived Adam by a Tree

is caught by the lure of the Cross;

and he who held under his tyranny the creature endowed by God with

royal dignity

is brought down in a headlong fall.

The serpent’s venom is washed away by the blood of God,

and the curse of just condemnation is undone

when the Just One is condemned by an unjust judgment.

For it was fitting that the Tree should be healed by a Tree,

and that by the Passion of the passionless God

what was wrought on the Tree should destroy the passions of man,

who was condemned.

But glory to Your dread dispensation for our sakes, O Christ the King,//

through which You have saved us all//

since You are good and the Lover of mankind!

 

 

Old Testament Readings

Exodus 15:22-16:1

Proverbs 3:11-18

Isaiah 60:11-16

 

 

Exaltation (Elevation) of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

 

 

Litya

 

Tone    1          (by Andrew of Jerusalem)       Idiomela

 

Today the holy saying of David truly has come to pass,

for behold, in the sight of all,

we venerate the footstool of Your undefiled feet,

and, putting our hope in the shadow of Your wings,

we cry aloud to You, O all-compassionate Lord:

“May the light of Your countenance be marked as a sign upon us!

Exalt the horn of Your Orthodox people

by the Exaltation of Your precious Cross,//

O Christ of many mercies!”

 

The Tree of True Life was planted in the Place of the Skull

and upon it the eternal King has worked salvation in the midst of the

earth.

Exalted today, it sanctifies the ends of the world,

and the church of the Resurrection celebrates its consecration.

Angels in heaven rejoice,

and men upon earth are glad,

crying out and saying in David’s words:

“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at the footstool of His feet,//

for He is holy and grants the world great mercy!”

 

Prefiguring Your Cross, O Christ,

the Patriarch Jacob, when blessing his descendants,

laid his hands crosswise upon their heads.

This Cross, O Savior, we exalt today, and cry out://

“Give victory to Orthodox Christians, as You did to Constantine!”

 

Tone 2 (by Theophanes)

 

A divine treasure hidden in the earth,

the Cross of the Giver of Life appeared in the sky to the God-fearing king,

spiritually setting forth the pattern for his victory over the enemy.

Rejoicing with faith and love, and inspired by God

he made haste to raise on high the Cross which he had seen,

and with great zeal he brought it forth from the bosom of the

earth//

for the deliverance of the world and the salvation of our souls.

 

Tone 2 (by Cyprian)

 

When the Patriarch Jacob crossed his hands while blessing his children,

he foreshadowed the mighty symbol of Your Cross.

Having this as our unshakable safeguard,

we drive out with almighty strength the ranks of demons;

and, casting down by it the arrogance of Belial,

we put to flight the all-destroying power of hateful Amalek.

Now as the Cross is lifted on high,

we the faithful piously offer it to Your goodness for the cleansing of

our sins,

crying out in a loud voice:

“Have mercy, O Lord, Who took flesh of the Virgin;//

take pity, O Good One, on the wise creation of Your hands!”

 

(by Emperor Leo)

 

O three-branched Cross of Christ,

you are my strong protection.

Sanctify me by your power,//

that I may venerate and glorify you in faith and love!

 

Tone 4

 

Let us proclaim today a festival of song,

and with radiant faces and with our tongues let us cry aloud:

“O Christ, You have accepted condemnation for us,

and, being spat upon, and scourged,

You were robed in purple and ascended the Cross.

Seeing You, the sun and the moon hid their light,

the earth quaked in fear,

and the veil of the Temple was torn in two.

Grant us Your precious Cross as our guardian and protector,

driving demons away,

that we may all embrace it and cry out:

‘Save us by your power, O Cross!

Sanctify us by your radiance, O precious Cross,

and strengthen us through your Exaltation;//

for you have been given to us as the light and salvation of our souls!’”

 

(by Anatolius)

 

You, O Cross, a figure radiant with light, formed of stars,

revealed a trophy of victory beforehand to the godly king;

and when his mother Helen found you,

she displayed you for the world to see.

And we the choirs of faithful shout aloud, as we exalt you today:

“Enlighten us with your brightness, O life-bearing Cross!

Sanctify us by your might, O all-venerable Cross,

and strengthen us through your Exaltation,//

when you are lifted on high before the ranks of our enemies!”

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

 

Tone 4 (by Anatolius)

 

Moses prefigured the power of Your precious Cross, O Christ,

when he put to flight his adversary, Amalek, in the wilderness of

Sinai;

for when he stretched out his arms in the form of a cross, the people

prevailed.

Now the outcome of these deeds has come to pass for us.

Today the Cross is exalted, and the demons are put to flight.

Today all creation has been set free from corruption,

for through the Cross all the gifts of grace have shone upon us.

Therefore, rejoicing, we all fall before You and cry://

“How marvelous are Your works, O Lord!  Glory to You!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Exaltation (Elevation) of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

 

 

Aposticha

 

Tone 5 Automelon

 

Rejoice, O Life-bearing Cross,

the invincible trophy of godliness,

door to Paradise, firm support of the faithful,

a wall that encompasses the  Church!

Through you corruption has been destroyed and abolished.

The power of death has been swallowed up, and we are raised from earth

to Heaven.

You are a weapon that cannot be vanquished,

the adversary of demons,

the glory of the martyrs, the true adornment of saints,//

and the haven of salvation,//

which grant the world great mercy.

 

v: Extol the Lord our God: worship at His footstool for He is holy!

 (Ps 98/99:5)  

 

Rejoice, O Cross of the Lord,

through which mankind has been delivered from the curse!

You are a sign of true joy,

you that shatter our enemies by your Elevation.

O Cross, worthy of all honor,

you are our help, You are the strength of kings.

You are the power of the righteous.

You are the majesty of priests.

All who sign themselves with you are freed from danger.

O rod of strength, under which we like sheep are tended,

you are a weapon of peace around which the Angels stand in fear.

You are the divine glory of Christ,//

Who grants the world great mercy.

 

v: God is our King before the ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of the earth!  (Ps 73/74:12)

 

 

Rejoice, O guide of the blind,

physician of the sick and resurrection of all the dead;

you have  raised us up when we were fallen into mortality, O precious

Cross!

Through you corruption has been destroyed,

and incorruption has blossomed forth.

We mortals have been deified, and the Devil is completely overthrown.

Today, as we see you exalted by the hands of bishops,

we exalt Him Who was lifted up upon you,

and we fall down in worship before you,//

drawing rich streams of great mercy.

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

 

Tone 8 (by John the Monk)

 

Your precious Cross, O Christ God,

which Moses of old prefigured in his own person

when he overthrew Amalek and put him to flight;

which David commanded to be worshipped,

calling it your footstool.

This Cross we sinners worship today with unworthy lips,

and praise You, Who deigned to be nailed upon it,

and we cry to You://

“With the thief, make us worthy of Your Kingdom, O Lord!”

 

 

 

 

 

Universal Exaltation (Elevation) of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

 

(at Great Vespers)

 

Tone 1 Troparion

 

O Lord, save Your people

and bless Your inheritance!

Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians

over their adversaries;

and by virtue of Your Cross,//

preserve Your habitation!

 (sung once at Great Vespers, thrice at Vigil)

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 ( at the Divine Liturgy)

The First Antiphon

 

God, my God, attend to me!  Why have You forsaken me?  (Ps.21/22:1)

 

                  Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

 

Why are You so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?

            (Ps 21/22:1b)

 

                  Refrain:  Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

 

O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; and by night, but find no

rest. (Ps 21/22:2)

 

                  Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

 

You dwell in the sanctuary, the praise of Israel. (Ps 21/22:3))

 

                  Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever,

and unto ages of ages. Amen.

 

                  Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

 

 

 

The Second Antiphon

 

O God, why have You cast us off forever? (Ps 73/74:1)

 

                  Refrain:   O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia!

 

Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old! (Ps 73/74:2)

 

                  Refrain:  O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia!

 

Remember Mount Zion, where You have dwelt! (Ps 73/74:2b)

 

                  Refrain:  O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia!

 

God is our King before the ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of the earth.  (Ps 73/74:12)

 

                  Refrain: O Son of God, crucified in the flesh, save us who sing to You: Alleluia!

 

The Third Antiphon

 

The Lord reigns, let the people tremble! (Ps 98/99:1)

 

Tone 1 Troparion of the Feast

 

O Lord, save Your people

and bless Your inheritance!

Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians

over their adversaries;

and by virtue of Your Cross,//

preserve Your habitation!

 

The Lord reigns, let the people tremble! He sits enthroned upon the Cherubim; let the earth quake! (Ps 98/99:1)

 

Troparion of the Feast

 

The Lord is great in Zion; He is exalted over all the people. (Ps 98/99:2)

 

            Troparion of the Feast

 

Bow down in worship to the Lord in His holy court! (Ps 98/99:9)

 

            Troparion of the Feast

Entrance Verse

 

Extol the Lord our God: worship at His footstool for He is holy!  (Ps 98/99:5)  

 

Tone 1 Troparion

 

O Lord, save Your people

and bless Your inheritance!

Grant victories to the Orthodox Christians

over their adversaries;

and by virtue of Your Cross,//

preserve Your habitation!

 

Tone 4 Kontakion

 

As You were voluntarily raised upon the Cross for our sake,

grant mercy to those who are called by Your Name, O Christ God;

make all Orthodox Christians glad by your power,

granting them victories over their adversaries//

by bestowing on them the invincible trophy, Your weapon of peace!

 

(Instead of the Trisagion)

 

Before Your Cross, we bow down in worship, O Master,

and Your holy Resurrection, we glorify.

 

Tone 7 Prokeimenon

 

Extol the Lord our God: worship at His footstool for He is holy!  (Ps 98/99:5)  

 

v: The Lord reigns, let the people tremble! (Ps 98/99:1)

 

Epistle

1 Corinthians 1:18-24

Tone 1

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

v. Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old!

 (Ps 73/74:2)  

 

 v: God is our King before the ages; He has worked salvation in the midst of the earth.  (Ps 73/74:12)

 

Gospel

John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35

 

Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)

 

Tone 8

 

Magnify, O my soul, the most precious Cross of the Lord!

 

You are a mystical Paradise, O Theotokos,

who, though untilled, have brought forth Christ;

through Him the life-bearing wood of the Cross was planted on earth.

Now at its Elevation,

as we bow in worship before it, we magnify you.

 

Communion Hymn

 

The light of Your countenance has shone on us, O Lord. (Ps 4/5:6)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

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