On Sunday, September 27, 2015, Holy Trinity Monastery celebrated The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. At the end of Saturday night's Vigil, Abbot Archimandrite Luke performed the Rite of the Exaltation of the Cross in Holy Trinity Cathedral. This rite is only performed by bishops or abbots of monasteries. After the Great Doxology, the Cross was brought out and Abbot Archimandrite Luke led the service of the Exaltation of the Cross.
In reference to the service of the Exaltation of the Cross, St Andrew of Crete provides an explanation for the pouring of water over the cross. He states, "Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing. Christ is the Living Water."
"O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory unto Orthodox Christians over their adversaries, and by the virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation."