Sunday, May 5, 2013

Christ the Infinite

'Christ Harrowing Hell'
Courtesy of Shako


(This is a set of hymns chanted today in many Orthodox churches)

The Bright Resurrection of Christ

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling on death by death, and on those in the tombs bestowing life.


Though You descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet You destroyed the power of hell, and rose again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, Rejoice! and giving peace to Your Apostles, and offering to the fallen resurrection.


O great and holiest Passover, Christ! O Wisdom, Word and Power of God! Grant that we may more perfectly partake of You in the unending Day of Your Kingdom.


Having slept in the flesh as a mortal, O King and Lord, You were raised on the third day. You raised up Adam from corruption and abolished death, O Passover of incorruption, Salvation of  the world!


Though You descended into the grave, O Immortal One, yet did You destroy the power of hell, and rose again as Conqueror, O Christ our God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, Rejoice! And giving peace to Your Apostles, and offering to the fallen resurrection.


In the grave bodily, in hell with the soul as God, in Paradise with the thief, and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit were You Who fill all things, O Christ the Infinite.
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