Protege, Domine, plebem Tuam per signum sanctae Crucis ab omnibus insidiis inimicorum omnium : ut tibi gratam exhibeamus servitutem, et acceptabile fiat sacrificium nostrum, Alleluja.
Through the sign of the Holy Cross, protect Your people, o Lord, from the snares of all enemies, that we may pay You a pleasing service, and our sacrifice be acceptable, Alleluia.
Secret Prayer of the Priest
Jesu Christi, Domini nostri, Corpore et Sanguine saginandi, per quem Crucis est sanctificatum vexillum : quaesumus, Domine, Deus noster; ut, sicut illud adorare meruimus, ita perenniter ejus gloriae salutaris potiamur effectu. Per eumdem Dominum…
Being about to be fed with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom the banner of the cross was sanctified, we beseech You, o Lord, our God, that as we have had the grace to adore it, so we may forever enjoy the effect of its salutary glory. Through the same…
Preface of the Holy Cross follows the Secret
Preface of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper et ubique gratias agere : Domine, sancte Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus : Qui salutem humani generis in ligno Crucis constituisti : ut, unde mors oriebatur, inde vita resurgeret : et, qui in ligno vincebat, in ligno quoque vinceretur : per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates. Caeli caelorumque Virtutes ac beata Seraphim socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces ut admitti jubeas, deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes.
It is truly meet and just, right and profitable for us, at all times, and in all places, to give thanks to You, o Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God. You who had established the salvation of mankind in the wood of the cross, that from where death came into the world, and thus a new life might spring, and that he who by a tree overcame, by a tree might be overthrown. Through Christ our Lord, through whom the Angels praise, the Dominations adore, the Powers trembling with awe, worship Your majesty, which the heavens and the forces of heaven, together with the blessed Seraphim joyfully do magnify. And may You command that it be permitted to our lowliness to join with them in confessing You in the unceasing repetition.
Per signum Crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos, Deus noster.
Through the sign of the cross deliver us from our enemies, o our God.
Adesto nobis, Domine, Deus noster : et, quos sanctae Crucis laetari facis honore, ejus quoque perpetuis defende subsidiiis. Per Dominum…
May You be with us, o Lord, our God, and as You made us rejoice in honour of the Holy Cross, defend us also by its perpetual assistance. Through our Lord…