Crucifixion by William Willet (from Willet Hauser Architectural Glass. Source.)
”The Exaltation of the Holy Cross . . . should be for all of us the beginning, the content, and the end of the whole year.
“What is the Cross? What does it signify for us and for mankind? Let us breathe in these words from the Greek liturgy for Good Friday:
Today, He who poised the earth upon the waters is poised upon the Cross. He that is King of angels is wreathed with a crown of thorns. . . . The Spouse of the Church is pierced with nails. The son of the Virgin is wounded with a spear.”