Yesterday the Master arrived in the flesh; today the servant departs from the flesh.
Yesterday he who reigns was born; today the servant dies for him by stoning.
As the Lord’s disciple, O righteous One, you received the Gospel;
as Martyr, you have unwavering courage;
as the Lord’s brother, you have forthrightness;
as Hierarch, intercession. —Dismissal hymn
Our reverence, our veneration is never related to ‘matter,’ but always to that which it reveals, of which it is an epiphany, i.e., a manifestation and presence … consecration in the Church is not a creation of ‘sacred objects’ … but their referral to their original and at the same time ultimate meaning. —Schmemann, The Eucharist, p. 61
You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us.