THE CROSS WHICH CARRIED THE MOST HIGH AS A CLUSTER OF GRAPES FULL OF LIFE
IS SEEN TODAY EXALTED HIGH ABOVE THE EARTH.
THROUGH THE CROSS WE ARE ALL DRAWN TO GOD
AND DEATH HAS BEEN FOREVER SWALLOWED UP.
UNDEFILED WOOD, THROUGH YOU WE ENJOY THE IMMORTAL FRUIT OF EDEN AS WE GLORIFY CHRIST.
The hymns above and below are both taken from matins for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. The poetic imagery of the festal hymns reminds us that truth and beauty are related and united in the Kingdom of Heaven – and in the Church on earth. In the world of the Fall, God uses His creation to restore us humans to our natural state, and to heal the wounds of sin.
Let all the trees of the wood rejoice,
for their nature is sanctified by Christ.
He planted them in the beginning,
and on a tree was outstretched.
At its exaltation on this day, we worship Him and magnify you.