Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Great and Holy Friday

Then shall I not be put to shame,
as I give heed unto all thy commandments.

The Master of all creation is here seen lying dead,
and in a new tomb he is laid,
who hath emptied the tombs of their dead.

The way of thine ordinances make me to understand,
and I shall meditate on thy wondrous works.

As a mortal man thou diest willingly, O Saviour,
but as God thou didst raise up the dead
from their tombs and from the abyss of their sins.

(Psalm 118/119, verses 6 and 27, with the accompanying troparia from the first stasis of the Lamentations, from Orthros of Holy Saturday.)

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