The Katavasia of the Sunday of the Cross
Ode 1: Moses the servant of God prefigured Thy Cross /
days of old, when he divided the
and he sang a song of deliverance unto Thee, //
O Christ our God.
Ode 3: Through Thy Cross, O Christ my Master, /
set me firmly on the rock of the faith: /
let not my mind be shaken /
by the assaults of the malicious enemy; //
for Thou alone art holy.
Ode 4: Seeing Thee, O mighty Lord, upon the Cross, /
the sun was seized with fear and hid its rays, /
with dread the whole creation glorified Thy longsuffering, //
and the earth was filled with Thy praise.
Ode 5: Rising early in the morning we sing Thy praises, /
O Savior of the world, /
for we have found peace through Thy Cross. /
By it Thou hast renewed mankind, //
and led us to the light that knows no evening.
Ode 6: Jonah in the belly of the whale /
foreshadowed with his outstretched hands the figure of the Cross; /
and he leapt out from the monster, //
saved by Thy power, O Word.
Ode 7: The Lord who delivered the Children from the flames /
took flesh and came upon the earth: /
nailed to the Cross, He has granted us salvation, /
the God of our fathers, //
who alone is blessed and greatly glorified
Ode 8: Daniel, great among the prophets, /
was cast into the lions’ den; /
but, stretching out his hands in the form of the Cross, /
he was delivered from their mouths and kept unharmed, //
blessing Christ our God forever.
Ode 9: O Virgin Mother and true Theotokos, /
without seed thou hast borne Christ our God, /
who was lifted in the flesh upon the Cross. /
We and all the faithful, as is right, //
magnify thee with thy Son.