What was a sign of unspeakable cruelty and defeat
became a symbol of triumph and and victory
by the Resurrection of Jesus and the grace of God.
A prayer to the Holy Cross
By you hell is despoiled, O Holy Cross.
By you its mouth is stopped up to all the redeemed.
By you demons are made afraid and restrained,
conquered and trampled underfoot.
By you the world is renewed
and made beautiful with truth,
governed by the light of righteousness,
By you sinful humanity is justified,
the condemned are saved,
the servants of sin and hell are set free,
the dead are raised to life.
By you the blessed city in heaven
Is restored and made perfect.
By you God, the Son of God willed for our sakes
“to become obedient to the Father, even unto death.”
Because of which he is exalted and has received
“the name which is above every other name.”
By you ”his throne is prepared”
And his kingdom established.
— St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
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