The Universal Exaltation of the Precious Cross
Today we celebrate the Universal Exaltation of the Precious Cross. Among the hymns in Holy Orthodox Church, perhaps one of the most well-known and beloved is the troparia for this feast.
The text of the Hymn:
Ἀπολυτίκιον Ἦχος α’
Σῶσον Κύριε τὸν λαόν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοῖς βασιλεῦσι κατὰ βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καὶ τὸ σὸν φυλάττων διὰ τοῦ Σταυροῦ σου πολίτευμα.
Save, O Lord, your people, and bless your inheritance, granting victory to the faithful over the enemy, and by your Cross protecting your common- wealth.
Some examples follow.