After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


That He may deliver His people from enemies both visible and invisible

Exaltation of the Holy Cross
from Matins:

Tone 2
Come, ye faithful, let us bow down before the life-creating Tree, 
whereon of His own will Christ, the King of glory, stretching forth His hands, 
hath raised us up to our former blessed state, 
of which the enemy of old deprived us through pleasure, 
causing us to be driven out of paradise by God! 
Come, ye faithful, let us bow down before that by which we have been vouchsafed
 to crush the heads of the invisible foe! 

Come, all ye peoples of our fatherland, 
let us honor the Cross of the Lord with hymns, crying: 
Rejoice, O Cross, thou perfect deliverance of fallen Adam; 
for in thee do most faithful rulers boast, 
for through thy power are the Moslem hordes mightily subdued! 
And with fear now, venerating thee upon whom God was nailed, 
we Christians render glory, saying: 
O Lord Who wast nailed thereto,have mercy upon us, 
in that Thou art good and lovest mankind!

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