Helen and Constantine Finding the True Cross
19th century
21" x 18"
Icons, wood, linen, gesso, goldleaf, egg tempera and varnish
Region: Russia
The Patriarch mounted the ambo (pulpit) and lifted the Cross with both hands so that all of the people gathered could see it. The crowd responded with "Lord have mercy".

This became the occasion of the institution in all of the Churches of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, not only in memory of the event of the finding of the Cross, but also to celebrate how an instrument of shame was used to overcome death and bring salvation and eternal life.