St. John Chrysostom
The Cross is the salvation of the Church, the Cross is the praise of those who hope on it.
The Cross has released us from the evil that possessed us and is the beginning of the blessings received by us.
The Cross is the reconciliation of His enemies with God, the promise of sinners to Christ.
For by the Cross we were freed from enmity and through the Cross we have become amiable to God.
The Cross delivered us from the authority of the devil, the Cross saved us from death and destruction.
The Cross changed human nature to the angelic, having released it from all that is corruptible, and have found lives worthy of immortality.