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

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Έν Τούτῳ Νίκα: In Hoc Signo Vinces

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Apparition of the Holy, Glorious, and Life-Giving Cross. Before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, St. Constantine the Great say a vision of a cross and heard the words, "In Hoc Signo Vinces", in Greek: "ἐν τούτῳ νίκα" "en touto nika" ("In this sign thou shalt conquer"), which not only led to his victory, but also to his conversion. The conversion of Constantine and Rome to Christianity was not only a big break with Rome's persona of ruthlessness against Christians, but also big break with Constantine's immediate predecessors, who were especially viscous against Christianity after Christianity began to be a very large portion of the population-particularly Diocletian.