Iconography and Hand painted icons

God does not look into the vessel of the flesh But at the flower which grows in it. Saints Chrysanthus and Daria by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Σταυρός_Крест Иисуса Христа_Cross of Jesus Christ-Orthodox Icons_crux_gemmata_ravenna460Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria, and those with them in Rome (283)
Martyr Pancharius at Nicomedia (302)
Saint Leontius of Saintes, Bishop of Saintes (640)
Saints Landoald and Amantius, a priest and deacon who helped enlighten what is now Belgium and north-eastern France, founded the church at Wintershoven (c. 668) Saint Adrian, disciple of St Landoald, Maastricht in the Netherlands (c. 668)
Venerable Innocent of Komel the Wonderworker, in Vologda (1521), disciple of St. Nilus of Sora
Saint Sophia of Slutsk and Minsk, descendant of the Sovereigns of the Kyivan-Rus’ (1612)
Saint John Blinov, Confessor (1932) and New Martyr Matrona Alexeeva (1938)
Smolensk “Umileniye” (“Tender Feeling”) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Icon of the Mother of God of Lubyatov (15th century)

Commemorated on March 19

Hymn of Praise
The Holy Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Saint Chrysanthus counsels Daria,
O virgin, forsake the lie
And do not venerate the idols as gods;
Neither seek, you, truth from the world.
The truth is in the One God,
The One Triune God
Who created the heavenly armies
Of angels and heavenly powers;
Who created the whole universe,
And of the universe, man, the crown.
The only One, immortal and living,
He, out of the earth, creates wrappings
And the clothing of spiritual wealth.
Our soul is spiritual wealth
Wrapped up in the dust of the body.
The soul should be tenderly nurtured
As a bride to make ready for Christ.
Forsake, O virgin, the bodily,
It leads to suffering and sorrow.
God does not look into the vessel of the flesh
But at the flower which grows in it.
O virgin, clothed in death
Today, tomorrow consumed by death:
Adorn your soul with the flower of virtues,
Sow the flower with faith in the Lord,
Enclose it with hope and love,
Water it with the Life-creating Spirit,
Weed it of the weeds of sins,
Let grow the flower of virtues,
Let grow the flower of piety,
Let grow the flower of charity,
Let grow the flower of repentance,
Let grow the flower of patience,
Let grow the flower of abstinence,
Let grow the flower of obedience.
As a hymn of Paradise, your soul is,
Let it smell like a garden in May.
And may God to dwell therein,
For which He created it.
Daria listened to Chrysanthus,
Her soul to Christ she wedded,
Her body to torture she submitted
With Chrysanthus, her spiritual brother.
And God transplanted them to Paradise,
With them, adorned the garden of Paradise.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
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About the sign of the Son of Man
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the heavens” (St. Matthew 24:30).

What kind of sign will the sign of the Son of Man be, which once had been shown briefly? That is the cross, more brighter than the sun, which manifested itself over Jerusalem before the coming of an earlier personification of the Antichrist by the name of Julian the Apostate. And in lieu of every homily concerning this miraculous sign, it is worthwhile to quote here the letter of St. Cyril of Jerusalem written to Emperor Constantius, the son of Constantine the Great and predecessor of Julian the Apostate.

Σταυρός_ Holy-Cross_Крест Господня_S48287 (1)A portion of his letter reads, “For in these very days of the holy feast of Pentecost on the Nones of May, about the third hour, a gigantic cross formed of light appeared in the sky above holy Golgotha stretching out as far as the holy Mount of Olives. It was not seen by just one or two but was most clearly displayed before the whole population of the city. Nor did it, as one might have supposed, pass away quickly like something imagined but was visible to sight above the earth for some hours, while it sparkled with a light above the sun’s rays. Of a surety, it would have been overcome and hidden by them, had it not exhibited to those who saw it a brilliance more powerful than the sun, so that the whole population of the city made a sudden concerted rush into the Martyry, [the church] seized by a fear that mingled with joy at the heavenly vision. They poured in, young and old, men and women of every age, not only Christians but pagans from elsewhere sojourning in Jerusalem, all of them as with one mouth raised a hymn of praise to the worker of wonders, Christ Jesus our Lord, the Only-begotten Son of God and indeed attested to through experience, came to discern that the honorable [pious] Christian teaching is to be found not only in “persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power” (I Corinthians 2:4), and not only preached by man but, witnessed by God from Heaven. “Announced originally through the Lord, it was confirmed for us by those who had heard. God added His testimony by signs, wonders, and various acts of power” (Hebrews 2:3-4). We consider it our obligation not to remain silent about this Heavenly vision, but through this letter, hasten to inform Your God-glorified and Pious One.”

O my brethren, everything is possible with God: both, to reveal the created to man and to create the uncreated. But most importantly for us is that He wants to redeem our souls from sin and death and to give us life eternal. Let us pray to Him for this day and night.

O Lord Almighty, To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Tone IV:
Spec. Mel.: “Called from on high …”:

From on high there hath appeared * the rod of divine power, * the Cross sent to us in Sion, * wholly illumined by grace * and boundless light. * The heavenly Cross of our crucified God * hath shone forth * above glorious Golgotha, * proclaiming to all * that salvation hath come to the world through His sufferings. * And bowing down before it * we chant unceasingly * and ask with faith * that He grant peace to the world * and save our souls.

Tone IV: Spec. Mel.: “Thou hast given a sign …”:

Having received the effulgence * of the knowledge of God, * thou didst illumine thy heart, O most wise father, * expelling the gloom of the mind’s deception, * and didst confess Christ, * the Lord of all Who assumed our flesh. * Hence, O all-praised Chrysanthus, * made strong by the power of the Spirit, ** thou wast shown to be stronger than thy tortures.

Thou didst reckon the deceits of the enemy * and the burning of pleasures to be like a spider’s web. * And standing in thy gloomy dungeon * thou wast illumined with divine effulgence * and wast filled with noetic fragrance * while surrounded by the fetid stench; * and as a most excellent escort * thou didst bring to Christ as an undefiled bride ** the woman who sought to defile thee.

Wounded by the most sweet love of the Creator, * thou didst utterly spurn all ungodliness; * and having betrothed thyself to Christ * by the many torments of thy body, * thou didst find within thyself a divine bridal chamber, * Daria of great renown, * thou divine receptacle of the Spirit, * adornment of athletes ** and ornament of virgins.