Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The close of a day ~ the Protection of the Holy Cross

We were given this beautiful Cross
as a wedding gift
last September.
It is in use in our evenings as we
are incorporating a prayer that
our priest here told us about
in a sermon that
is done at night,
blessing the bed with the Cross.
I find it so comforting.
I am upheld by many prayers as we
continue to navigate mono-relapse and
Holy Week almost upon us.
Here is the prayer:
Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered; 
and let those who hate Him flee from His presence. 
As smoke vanishes, let them vanish; 
and as wax melts from the presence of fire, 
so let demons perish from the presence of those who love God
 and who sign themselves with the sign of the Cross
 and say in gladness: 
Hail, most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord, 
for Thou drivest away the demons 
by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ crucified on thee, 
Who went down to hades and 
trampled on the power of the devil, 
and gave us thee, his venerable Cross, 
for driving away all enemies. 
O most precious and life-giving Cross of the Lord, 
help me, with our Holy Lady, the Virgin Mother of God, 
and with all the Saints 
throughout the ages. 
I deeply love this prayer as the beginning lines
are also sung many times at Pascha.
O Lord Jesus Come
and help us to be watching and ready
for your Holy Pascha!


Martha said...

"Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered," is one of our favorite prayers, too! ♥ The cross is definitely a wonderful reminder of God, His love and power and protection for us.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

A favourite prayer of mine, too.

E Helena E said...

That is a powerful prayer. May you rest in His love. Thinking of you and praying.