Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Sunday of the Holy Cross is the Third Sunday of Great Lent, also called Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross. On this Sunday, services includes a special veneration of the Cross, which prepares the faithful for the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week and the holy Resurrection.
- Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify. (Thrice)
- Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
- And Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.
- Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.
Each of the Sundays of Great Lent has its own special theme. This Sunday’s theme is that in the Cross of Christ Crucified lies both "the power of God and the wisdom of God" for those being saved (1 Cor 1:24). On this Sunday in the middle of the Lenten season, the cross stands in the middle of the church, not merely to remind the faithful of Christ's redemption and for them to keep the goal of their Lenten efforts, but also as a reminder: "He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Mt 10:38).
Troparion (Tone 4)
- 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!
Kontakion (Tone 7 )
- Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden;
- It has mysteriously been quenched by the wood of the Cross!
- The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished;
- For You, O my Savior, have come and cried to those in hell:
- "Enter again into paradise."
- Sunday of the Cross - Diocese of the South OCA website.
- Sermon for the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross - Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, Brisbane QLD