Friday, April 22, 2011

Holy Saturday

Today Thou dost keep holy the seventh day,
Which Thou has blessed of old by resting from Thy works.
Thou bringest all things into being and Thou makest all things new,
Observing the Sabbath rest, my Saviour, and restoring strength.

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When Thou didst descend to death 0 Life Immortal,
Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead!
And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead,
All the powers of heaven cried out:
O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to Thee!

(photo of Christ Harrowing Hades wall iconography, inside the Chora Church, Istanbul, Turkey; photo by yours truly, 2007)

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