Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Reflections | 10 comments

Thy passion 2 

I believe: 96 of 365

       It is 8:53 pm and I am exhausted. I ran around all over the place today with my list of Holy Week and Pascha to-do's in hand.  What I am juggling here is excitement, stress and tiredness – an expected combination, really, one I wrestle with annually. And that is why for my poem choice this Wednesday I am featuring an attention grabbing hymn we Orthodox Christians will hear at the Holy Friday service between the 5th and 6th Gospel reading.  The first time I was exposed to it, over a decade ago now, I was quite struck by its depth and insightfulness. As I read it again presently, I am once again in awe – it is good to be in awe when pondering the magnitude of Christ's death and Resurrection. Cut through, I pray, my callousness, O God! 

Do you want to hear something kind of amazing? While I was typing this post, my friend, Steve, e-mailed me the link to this video in which the late Archbishop Job (I cannot get used to writing that) sings this very hymn, the 15th Antiphon! It was recorded just a year ago at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago.  

Wow, it gives me chills. Wow. May his memory be eternal! 

We worship Thy Passion, O Christ! Show us also Thy glorious Resurrection!

Today He who hung the earth upon the waters is hung on the tree, 

The King of the angels is decked with a crown of thorns

He who wraps the heavens in clouds is wrapped in the purple  

   of mockery. 

He who freed Adam in the Jordan is slapped on the face. 

The Bridegroom of the Church is affixed to the Cross with nails. 

The Son of the virgin is pierced by a spear. 

We worship Thy passion, O Christ. 

We worship Thy passion, O Christ. 

We worship Thy passion, O Christ. 

Show us also Thy glorious resurrection.