Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Posted over at Touchstone, texts from the Lention Triodion of the Orthodox Church:

Let us praise Him who was crucified upon the Tree between the thieves, and whose life-giving side was pierced by the lance: and let us bless and exalt Him about all for ever.

How great is Thy compassion! For Thou hast endured the Cross, the nails, the lance, O Lord, for my sake, who am condemned to corruption. Therefore I sing Thy praises, O Christ.

Knowing that Thy power is infinite and Thy Crucifixion voluntary, the hosts of angels were amazed. How wast Thou, upon whom none may look, scourged in the flesh, in Thy desire to redeem man from corruption? Therefore we cry unto Thee as Giver of Life: Glory to Thy Kingdom, O Christ.

The Cross was set up on the earth, and touched the heaven; not because the wood would reach so high, but because Thou who wast crucified upon it fillest all things: Glory be to Thee.

Thou hast redeemed us from the curse of the law by Thy precious Blood; nailed to the Cross and pierced by the spear, Thou has poured forth immortality upon mankind. O our Savior, glory be to Thee!

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