The Cross is an inexhaustible source of healing
August 3, 2011 by Gabriel’s Message
ALL mortal nature together keeps a feast, and in spirit leaps for joy; for the Tree of the Cross is set forth today as an inexhaustible source of healing for those who have recourse to it with devotion and love, and who glorify the One who nailed on it, Christ, the Lover of mankind.
Matins on the Feast of the Procession of the Precious Cross, August 1. See OrthodoxWiki for more information on this celebration.
“An inexhaustible source of healing”: Moscow to Vladivostok Procession of the Cross in 2008. The Cross leads on the right, with an icon of the Mother of God on the left.
AND Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
Ode 1. Tone 8.
[To the melody] The wonderworking rod of Moses.
LET us today with pure mind and devout intent worship the life-bearing Cross of the Lord; for it is set forth granting to those who approach it sanctification and salvation, illumination, glory and mercy.
The life-giving Cross set forth and contemplated sends out a beam of grace formed of light. Let us draw near and receive enlightenment of joy, salvation and forgiveness, as we bring praise to the Lord.
A strange sight is set forth for those who watch, the precious Cross; and like a source it pours out spiritual gifts of grace, brings sins to an end, abolishes diseases and strengthens the thoughts of those worship it sincerely.
A rod which parted the sea prefigured the trophy of the Cross, through which we by faith sail the troubled water of life undrowned, escape all the streams of sin and are filled with divine calm.
An icon of the Theotokos. “How then am I now all filled with griefs?”
WHEN I gave birth to you ineffably, my Child, I escaped the pangs of labour; how then am I now all filled with griefs? For I see you, who hung the earth without restraint, hanged like a malefactor on a Tree.
Matins on the Feast of the Procession of the Precious Cross, August 1. Translation from Anastasis, original Greek at Analogion.
Source: Gabriel’s Message