O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Three-Edged Sword

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs: our father among the saints John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, our father among the saints Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and our father among the saints Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople, surnamed Nazianzen.

From the Canon at Matins:
"It is not a two-edged sword, but a three-edged sword that was brandished against the enemies of grace. It is a single blade forged in heaven and finely honed on all three edges. Unceasingly it fights for the one Divinity with triple brightness."