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


Moslem hordes mightily subjected by the Cross


at Matins
Before Thy Cross we bow down, O Master, and Thy holy resurrection do we glorify! (Thrice) 

Then all venerate the precious Cross, bowing down before it one by one, while the following stichera are chanted: 

In Tone II: 
 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 subjected! 
 And now, venerating with fear 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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