Save O Lord your people and bless your inheritance. Grant victory to the faithful against the adversaries of the Faith, and protect your people through your Holy Cross, Your Holy Cross!
I hope you all had a blessed celebration of the Holy Cross!
Prayers for Carolyn, please — she has had a fever all day. I stayed home from liturgy with her and we had our own procession with the cross pictured here, while singing the troparion.
The icon of the ‘Holy Trinity.’ Also known as the ‘Hospitality of Abraham.’ This icon is one we are blessed to have in our home, and it is based on the story from Genesis:
“And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf that he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat” (KJV, Genesis, 18: 1-8)