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Monday, October 14, 2019

     “I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.” (Ps 115:4 / Ps116:13)

     This Psalm-verse functions as the “Communion Verse” for all of our church-feasts in honor of the Mother of God, including the feast of the Protection (Покрова) of the Most-Holy Virgin and Mother of God, celebrated today by those of us on the Older Calendar. Why? - And I don’t mean “why” the Older Calendar, although that is a good question, ☺ - but why this verse for all Marian feasts?

     The Mother of God is being praised for the “cup” of the cross, of which He prayed on that night in Gethsemane, that it be taken from Him, if possible (Mt 26:39). She co-carried the cross, with her Divine Son, to an extent greater than any other Christian, than any other co-car...

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