Dear Parish Faithful,
In the Orthodox Church, the Cross and Resurrection of the Lord are bound together in a unified mystery, though they remain distinct events in the unfolding of the divine economy. As Archimandrite Roman Braga writes:
The Cross, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ are of great importance in the history of our salvation.
Without them the Incarnation of the Son of God would have no meaning. We know that the Orthodox Church in her liturgical and
spiritual ascetic life never separates the Cross of Christ from the mystery of the Resurrection and the Resurrection as the victory of
the Cross. This is why the Cross is called "life-giving," and the Resurrection is the source of joy in the entire life of the Church.
(From "The Cross and the Resurrection")
A careful study of the New Testament - especially in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul - would yield the same insight. Whenever St. Paul refers to the Cross, he will shortly thereafter refer to the "glory" that the Cross imparts to believers.
This is made abundantly clear in two of the most profound hymns in the Church that beautifully and inextricably unite both Cross and Resurrection. Whenever we venerate the Cross liturgically - as on the Third Sunday of Great Lent - we replace "Holy God" in the Liturgy with the following hymn that I will assume we all know so well: