On the Third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Services include a special veneration of the Cross, which prepares the faithful for the commemoration of the Crucifixion during Holy Week.
What shall we offer you O Christ?
For You have given us Your precious Cross to venerate,
on which Your holy Blood was shed,
to which Your flesh was fixed by nails.
With love we kiss it and give thanks to You.