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Elevation (Exaltation) of the Cross, Katavasiae of Odes 1-9

Elevation (Exaltation) of the Cross (Sept 14)

These Katabasiae (Odes 1-9) of the Feast of the Cross are sung in Orthros (Matins) on August 1, August 6-13 and August 24-September 21.  They can also be sung at the Sacrament of Baptism, while the baby or child is being clothed.  They are sung in a special Tone 8, similar to the Canon of the Paraklesis. "A cross did Moses inscribe . . . O Theotokos, thou art a mystical paradise . . . ."  The music is in Western & Byzantine notation.  Updated 8/21/2020.