The Cross: where true wisdom is found

IF you have learnt fleshly wisdom or have knowledge of worldly things, say no to them. If you have come to put your trust in precepts of the flesh, put them off, to humble yourself and make yourself small.

For in this way, you will be able to become a disciple through the foolishness of the message preached. In that, you will find true wisdom, not in quibbling over words, but in the power of the Cross, which becomes a real force in those made worthy of obtaining it.

For the Cross of Christ, said Paul, is a scandal to the Jews, but foolishness to the Greeks; while for us, who are being saved, it is the power of God and the wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:23).

St Symeon Metaphrastis’s Paraphrase of the Homilies of St Makarios the Egyptian, §V (Love). From the Philokalia, Vol. III. See also the Monastery of St Macarius.

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O CROSS, guardian of the whole world.
O Cross, beauty of the Church.
O Cross, imperial power of kings.
O Cross, firm foundation of the faithful.
O Cross, glory of angels, and dismay of demons.

(Twice)

TODAY the Cross is exalted, and the world is sanctified; for in council with the Father and the Holy Spirit, thou didst stretch out thy hands upon it, drawing the whole world to knowledge of thee, O Christ; wherefore make them worthy of divine glory that have put their trust in thee.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14), at Mattins.

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