St. Romanos the Melodist: The Most High planted in the middle of Paradise The thrice blessed wood . . .
“The Most High planted in the middle of Paradise The thrice blessed wood, the gift of life for us, In order that, in approaching it, Adam might find eternal and immortal life, But he did not strive earnestly to know this life, And he failed to attain it, and revealed death. However, the robber, seeing how the plant in Eden Had been beautifully transplanted in Golgotha, Recognized the life in it and said to himself: `This is what my father lost formerly In Paradise.’”
+ St. Romanos the Melodist, On the Adoration at the Cross