Monday, September 04, 2006

Month of the Holy Cross #1

September is traditionally given over to devotion to the Holy Rood

By the cross all these things have been set aright...
It is a seal that the destroyer may not strike us,
a raising up of those who lie fallen,
a support for those who stand,
a staff for the infirm,
a crook for the shepherded,
a guide for the wandering,
a perfecting of the advanced,
salvation for soul and body,
a deflector of all evils,
a cause of all goods,
a destruction of sin,
a plant of resurrection,
and a tree of eternal life.
-St John Damascene

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