Sunday, September 18, 2016

Maronite Year LXXIII

First Sunday after Holy Cross
2 Timothy 2:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

By the cross we are raised up,
by it we are perfected,
in it is our protection.
Through it we participate
in the Holy Trinity.

Through the cross nations repent,
beneath it nations worship,
bowing down to the Father,
in it is seen the sacred,
for Christ gave Himself on it.

A soldier faces hardship,
focusing on needful tasks,
as we fix our minds on Christ,
for God's word enduring all,
that all may know salvation.

We take up our cross for Christ;
who would be great must serve all.
it opens paradise-gates,
protecting from the great fire,
and opening realms of light.

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