Procession of the Honorable Wood of the Life-Giving Cross of the Lord
Commemorated on August 1
THE HONORABLE CROSS OF CHRIST
by St. Nikolai Velimirovitch
The Honorable Cross of Christ
Before it, all honorably prostrate,
By the power of the Cross of Christ
From temptation, we are redeemed.
The Holy Cross is mightier than the demons
And from every earthly king,
From sickness, the Cross saves
And from the assaults of barbarians.
Prince Andrew, by the power of the Cross
Enslaved lands, saved,
King Manuel, by the power of the Cross
The Saracens, gloriously destroyed.
From the armies of pagans,
From the tyrannical conquerors,
From all evils demonstrated that
The power of the Cross is mightier.
–The Prologue from Ochrid of Bishop Nicholai (Velimirovich)
Apolytikion (First Tone)
Save, O Lord, Your people and bless Your inheritance; grant victory to the faithful over their adversaries. And protect Your commonwealth, by the power of Your Cross.