It is a good day to renew your vows.
The monastic fast begins today.
In addition, many religious observe the anniversary of their profession this day, while new religious are received, or make their first or final profession as well.
Hail to you, Life-giving Cross!Invincible standard of piety, gate to Paradise!Support of the faithful and Rampart of the Church!Through you corruption has been annulledand the power of death has been vanquished and subdued,and we have been lifted up from earth to heavenly realms.Invincible weapon against demons, Glory of the venerable martyrs!Our true adornment and Salvation from sorrow,you have granted great mercy to the world. -source