Rejoice, O sorrowful Mother; after your great sufferings,
you shine forth as Queen, enthroned beside your Son.
- Benedictus Antiphon
How radiant is that precious cross
which brought us our salvation.
In the cross we are victorious,
through the cross we shall reign,
by the cross all evil is destroyed.
- Antiphon 3, Lauds: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
"O Cross, more refulgent than all the stars, honored throughout the world, deeply loved by men, holiest of all things: You alone were worthy to bear the price of world's ransom. O sweet wood, o sweet nails, that held so sweet a burden: save this flock gathered today to sign your praises."
"O all ye that pass by the way, attend,
and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow!"
- Lamentations 1:12