Because of the many diseases that occur in the month of August, the custom prevailed
of old in Constantinople to carry the precious Wood of the Cross in
procession throughout the city for its sanctification and its deliverance
from illnesses. It was brought forth from the imperial treasury on
the last day of July and placed upon the Holy Table of the Great Church
of the Holy Wisdom; and beginning today, until the Dormition of the
Theotokos, it was carried in procession throughout the city and was
set forth for veneration before the people.
Apolytikion in the First Tone:
Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail
over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.
Kontakion in the
Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the
new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your
power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for
them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
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