Be brought back again to Paradise

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Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (OrthodoxWiki).

THE Lord reigns; —let the people rage; it is he that sits upon the cherubs, let the earth be moved. (Ps 98[99]:1)

O LORD, save thy people and bless thine inheritance,
Granting victory to Orthodox Christians against their enemies,
And keeping guard upon thy commonwealth by thy Cross.

THE Lord is great in Sion, and is high over all the people. (v2)

O LORD, save thy people and bless thine inheritance,
Granting victory to Orthodox Christians against their enemies,
And keeping guard upon thy commonwealth by thy Cross.

WISDOM! Stand upright!

EXALT ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. (v5)

O LORD, save thy people and bless thine inheritance,
Granting victory to Orthodox Christians against their enemies,
And keeping guard upon thy commonwealth by thy Cross.

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A Cross in an Orthodox Church

“For by your precious blood in love for mankind, you snatched our souls from death. You brought us back with you again to Paradise.”

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THE sword of flame no longer guards the gate of Eden,
For a strange bond came upon it: the wood of the Cross.
The sting of Death and the victory of Hades were nailed to it.
But you appeared, my Saviour, crying to those in Hades:
‘Be brought back
Again to Paradise’.

NAILED to the form of the Cross
As truly a ransom for many
You redeemed us, Christ our God,
For by your precious blood in love for mankind
You snatched our souls from death.
You brought us back with you
Again to Paradise.

Romanos the Melodist, from Kontakion 22 “On the Victory of the Cross”. Translated by Archimandrite Ephrem Lash.

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WE worship your Cross, O Master, and we glorify your holy Resurrection.

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