Beloved, let us draw near to faith, since its powers are so great.
For faith raised Enoch up to heaven…
It caused the barren to bear children.
It delivered people from the sword. It raised us from the pit.
It enriched the poor. It released the captives. It delivered the persecuted.
It brought down fire. It divided the sea.
It split the rock and gave water for the thirsty to drink. It satisfied the hungry.
It raised the dead and brought them up from Sheol.
It stilled the storm. It healed the sick. It conquered armies. It overthrew walls.
It stopped the mouths of lions and quenched the flames of fire.
It humiliated the proud and brought the humble honor…
When you have read and learned about the works of faith, you can be like the tilled land the good seed fell on.
For it produced fruit of thirty, sixty, and a hundred-fold.
Then, when you come to your Lord, He will call you a good servant, thoughtful and faithful.
On account of His faith that abounds in you, you will enter the kingdom of your Lord. Aphrahat [Early Church Father]
Hail to you, O Cross, the joy of the Christians, the conquerer of the tyranny, and our steadfastness, we the faithful.