Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross

On this day our Church sang the commemoration hymns for the Exaltation which formally occurred on Sept. 14 This feast commemorates both the first and second findings of the Cross. The first occurred in the year 326 by the Empress Helen of the Eastern Roman Empire, mother of St. Constantine the Great. The second occurred when the Emperor Heraclius returned it to Jerusalem after defeating the Persians where the Elevation occurred on March 21st 630 where it was brought to the Holy Sepulchre for veneration. A unknown fragrant flower was also found on the spot where the Cross was found. This flower is known as Vasiliko (eng. King) or in English by the name Basil. Traditionally Basil is offered to the Faithful at the conclusion of the service as they come and venerate the Cross.

Troparion (Tone 1)

Save O Lord Thy People,

And Bless Thine Inheritance,

Grant Thou unto the Faithful,

Victory over Adversaries,

And By the Power of Thy Cross,

Do Thou Preserve thy Commonwealth.


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