Feast of the Cross Hymns

But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world has been crucified to me,
and I to the world.

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Hymn for King Constantine

A peaceful decree came:  from Constantine to Alexandria:  to close the gate of the temples:  and to open the gate of the churches.
Etauen ni`cqai `nhirynikon@  `nte Kwnctancinoc `eqon `eRako]@  je ma`s;am `m`vro `nniervyoui@  `ouwn `m`vro `nte niek`klycia.
The bishops heard and rejoiced:  The priests were glad:  The seven orders of the Church:  glorified the God of heaven.
Ani`epickopoc cwtem aurasi@  `a ni`precbuteroc ounof `mmwou@  `a pisasf `ntagma `nte ]ek`klycia@  ]`wou `m`Vnou] `nte `tfe.
What bodily tongue:  can speak of Your great joy:  O faithful people:  in all the churches.
As `nlac `ncwmatikoc@  `scaji `epeknis] `n;elyl@  `w nilaoc `mpictoc@  qen niek`klycia tyrou.
They heard the decree:  of King Constantine:  to close the gate of the temples:  and open the gate of the churches.
`M`vnau `etaucwtem `nni`cqai@  `nte `pouro Kwnctantinoc@  je ma`s;am `m`vro `nniervyou`i@  `aouwn `m`vro `nte niek`klycia.
Close the houses of the devils:  and open the houses of God:  Blessed are the people:  to whom the decree was told.
Ma`s;am `nniyi `nte nidemwn@  ouoh ouwn `nniyi `nte `Vnou]@  `wouniatf `mpilaoc@  `etafjwk `mpiouahcahni.
Blessed are you, O Constantine:  for your have received the faith:  wherefore God gave your life:  in the kingdom of the heavens.
Wouniatk `w Kwnctantinoc@  je aktanqo `mpinah]@  e;be fai `a `Vnou] tanqok@  qen `;metouro `nnivioui.
Pray to the Lord on our behalf:  my master, King Constantine:  and Helen the Queen:  that He may forgive us our sins.
Twbh `mPoic `e`hryi `ejwn@  pa[oic `pouro Kwnctantinoc@  nem Ylany ]ourw@  `ntef,anennobi nan`ebol.