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#1 Christina M.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:43 PM

What is the reason why we pray to the Holy Cross during services using grammatical second person pronouns, like with the words "you" and "your"? Is there theological significance behind this choice of grammar?

There are many examples of this during the Feastdays of the Cross, like September 14th (NC), or the third Sunday of Great Lent. For example: "O Cross of Christ, save us by thy power." In the original Greek it is more obvious that the second person is used (Σταυρέ του Χριστού, σώσον ημάς τη δυνάμη σου).

#2 Niko T.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 04:52 PM

"Why do we honor the Cross with such reverence that we make mention of its power in our prayers after asking for the intercession of the Mother of God and the Heavenly Powers, before asking for that of the Saints, and sometimes even before asking for that of the Heavenly Powers? Because after the Saviour's sufferings, the Cross became the sign of the Son of Man, that is, the Cross signifies the Lord Himself, incarnate and suffering for our salvation."
St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 11:06 PM

10 points for Mr. Niko. Great quotation.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 01:48 AM

Our parish now has a particle of the Holy and Life Giving Cross.

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 02:13 AM

I agree, that was a very fitting quote, Mr. Niko. Thanks for the help. I'll give you another 10 points, so now you have 20. :)

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 06:39 PM

After reading your blog with the miracle of the rising dough with basil, I searched and found this website (in Greek) which explains how the dough rises with the basil.

Briefly explained, according to custom, some women take the fresh basil from the feast of the Precious Cross (9/14) or from the 4th Sunday of Lent (Veneration of Cross) and place the blessed branches in the shape of a cross on top of the pan containing a batter of only warm water and flour. Other women boil the basil in water and use that water along with flour for the batter/dough. The dough rises without the addition of yeast. At the Vatopaidi monastery on Mt. Athos, the monks who make prosforo were observed placing the pans of dough (water and flour only) on a shelf and on another shelf above that was placed the basil and the cross from the liturgy the Veneration of the Cross. The dough rose with the miraculous power of the Holy Cross.

From the website: Simple but Profound Miracles of our Living Orthodox Faith

Edited by Herman Blaydoe, 28 March 2011 - 10:04 PM.
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