The film tells about one of the most ancient church holidays, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, about the history and essence of this action. Novospassky monastery. Headstone slab near the wall of the monastery. Painting on the wall of the temple. Portrait of Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich. Suzdal monastery. Monk in his cell. Father Vladimir talks about the significance of the Feast of the Exaltation (synchronously). Icon "Finding the Cross". Icon depicting the cross and the patriarch with Helen. Church. The attendant lights candles. The priests perform the ceremony around the cross placed on the throne. Church in the Novodevichy Convent. The saint puts the cross on his head and walks with him along the alley, carries the cross on the lectern. Kneeling of Metropolitan Juvenaly. The Metropolitan carries a cross on his head. Temple on the Kulikovo field. Service in the temple. Monument to the Russians at the Borodino field. Monastery. Service in the temple. Chronicle footage of 1917: people with atheistic slogans, knocks the eagle off the walls. Meeting of the State Duma. Military cemetery. A dilapidated temple. A painting depicting the battle between the Russians and the Poles. Painting depicting the coronation of the first Russian Tsar Mikhail. Temple on the banks of the river. The people go to the service. Father Jonah is preaching a sermon (synchronously). Religious procession around the temple. Father Jonah baptizes parishioners, illuminates the cross. Raising and installing the cross in the temple.