“The [Feast of the] Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross … (September 14). The association of the words ‘feast’ and ‘Cross’ is a paradox: the Cross, to the Jews a stumbling block, to the Greeks a folly, yet ‘to those who are called, the power and the wisdom of God’ (1 Cor 1:23-24). We commemorate the Passion and the Crucifixion not as ugly episodes inspired by a sordid politicking, but as the voluntary sacrifice of the Son of God who became man to save us. therefore the liturgy of the Cross is not a lamentation over a dead hero, the wailing of devotees working themselves up to a paroxysm of frenzy, but the memorial of an event of cosmic significance, reaching beyond the limits of history.
The Cross stands while the world rolls . . . proclaims the motto of the Carthusian hermits. We see in the cross a reason for hope, and the Resurrection makes this hope to become the unshakable assurance of our Christian faith.” (Georges Barrois, SCRIPTURE READINGS IN ORTHODOX WORSHIP, p 142)