Veneration of the Cross - 3rd Sunday of Great Lent
The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind men of Christ's redemption and to keep before them the goal of their efforts, but also to be venerated as that reality by which man must live to be saved. "He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me" (Mt.10:38). For in the Cross of Christ Crucified lies both "the power of God and the wisdom of God" for those being saved (1 Cor.1:24).
Text taken from the OCA Website.
Troparion - Tone 4
O Lord, save Your people,
Kontakion - Tone 7
Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Eden;