[orthodox-synod] TRIPARTITE TREE OF THE CROSS
- Again we are at tone two. At matins at ode five, canon of the
resurrection, we read "...for it was Thy will to be lifted up in the
flesh upon the cypress, the pine and the cedar."
On page 234 of THE HOLY LAND by Vassilios Tzaferis there is
reproduced an icon of St Lot watering the Tree of the Cross. This
icon at the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem illustrates
using a tree with a single trunk but three branches...each appearing
to be that of a different kind of tree.
Has anyone seen this icon? Is the text quoted above part of the
original Octoechos of St. John of Damascus or a later accretion?
The icon appears to be of more recent vintage, does anyone have
specific knowledge of its origin?
Peter Brandt-Sorheim...please feel free to forward my question to other
Orthodox e-groups...perhaps somewhere someone will have information!