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The Cross is the greatest Christian holy relic, the visible evidence of our expiation. In the service of the Raising the Church sings the praise of the wood of the Lord’s Cross with many praises: “The Cross is the preserver of all the universe. The Cross is the comeliness of the Church. The Cross is the might of kings. The Cross is the steadfastness of believers. The Cross is the glory of the angels and the sting of demons.” From the first centuries of Christianity every believer wears a cross on his breast, fulfilling the words of the Savior: “Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” (Mark 8:34). The cross is put on every newly baptized person as a shield of faith and weapon against demons.