Spraznikom! Today, we greet you with the feast of The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross. Divine Liturgy was celebrated upon this holy feast day with the Holy Cross beautifully adorned with flowers at the center of the church, as the Cross is at the center of our lives. This day of the joyous Feast is also a day of fasting.
 
The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross
Troparion O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance./ Grant victory unto Orthodox Christians over their adversaries,/ and by virtue of Thy Cross,// pre­serve Thy habitation.
 
Kontakion O Thou Who wast lifted up willingly on the Cross,/ bestow Thy mercies upon the new community named after Thee, O Christ God./ Gladden by Thy power Orthodox Christians/ granting them victory over enemies.// May they have as Thy help the invincible trophy, the weapon of peace.