This feast commemorates two events:
* The finding of the [[Cross]] by the Empress [[Helen]] (the mother of St. [[Constantine the Great]]) on [[Golgotha]], the place where [[Jesus Christ|Christ]] was crucified
. When the true Cross was identified, it was lifted on high for all the people to see, who then continually sang ''Kyrie eleison'', a practice which is still enacted at current celebrations of this [[feast]].
* The recovery of the [[Cross]] on which [[Jesus Christ]] was crucified from the Persians. The Persians had captured
it as a prize of war in Jerusalem, and it was recovered by the forces of the Eastern Roman Empire ("Byzantine Empire"). The cross was joyously held up for veneration by the Christian faithful upon its recovery.
This is one of the two feast days which is held as a strict [[fast]]. The other is the commemoration of the Beheading of [[John the Forerunner]] on [[August 29]].
[[Troparion]] (Tone 1)
: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 4)
:Granting them victories over their adversaries,
:By bestowing on them the Invincible trophy, Your weapon of Peace.
/en/special/listen_learn_share/exaltholycross /learn/ The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross] - [[GOARCH]] web site
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsLife.asp?FSID=102610 The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross] - [[OCA]] web site
*[http://oca.org/OCchapter.asp?SID=2&ID=88 Elevation of the Cross] - ''The Orthodox Faith'', by the V. Rev. [[Thomas Hopko]]