I was doing some consultancy for a bank in London. When we heard the news about the first plane we stopped and turned to the TVs, just in time to see the second plane go into the tower. I have never before or since heard so many people swear so much in such a short space of time.
Aber mit der Heimat
geht man immer herum,
durch die Welt,
dort und dort
No one could describe
the Word of the Father;
but when He took flesh from you, O Theotokos,
He consented to be described, and restored the fallen image to its former beauty.
We confess and proclaim our salvation in word and image.
Kontakion of the Triumph of Orthodoxy
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Alcuin of York
God of wisdom, eternal light,
who shone in the heart of your servant Alcuin,
revealing to him your power and pity;
scatter the darkness of our ignorance
that, with all our heart and mind and strength,
we may seek your face
and be brought with all your saints
to your holy presence;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3, ESV)