Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In Him the dead are made alive

I shared the words to this hymn last year at the beginning of Holy Week. Now here we are again, in the last week of Lent, getting ready to participate in the beautiful preparations that take us to the celebration of the Feast of Feasts We begin this coming Saturday, Lazarus Saturday, with the raising of Lazarus from the tomb.

I hope that the words and the melody of this hymn will bring hope and great joy as you listen.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesdays with Words :: The Light of the blind

I am thrilled that I was able to make it to Pre-Sanctified Liturgy today. I felt well, all the kids were cooperating and we finally made it. Glory to God! The following words are from one of the hymns we heard tonight:

Today the unapproachable by nature approaches me, and frees me from passions by enduring the Passion. The Light of the blind is spat upon by sinful men, and gives His back to scourgings for the sake of the captives. When the pure Virgin Mother beheld Him on the Cross, she cried out in pain: Woe to me! What is this Thou hast done, O my Child? Thou, Whose beauty was fairer than that of any man, appearest lifeless, with no form of comeliness. Woe to me, O my Light. I cannot bear to look upon Thee sleeping. My being is wounded, for a sword has pierced my heart. But I praise Thy Passion, and I bow before Thy compassion. O long-suffering Lord, glory to Thee. 

~Theotokion for Wednesday of the Fourth week of Lent

Linking up again for Wednesdays with Words