Kontakion in Tone 2. By Romanos the Melodist.
The Menologion of the day and then the following notice:
On holy and great Thursday the godlike Fathers have arranged all things well and have handed on to us that we should celebrate in turn four events from the godlike Apostles and sacred Gospels: the sacred Washing, the mystical Supper (that is the handing on for us of the dread Mysteries), the transcendent Prayer and the Betrayal itself.
Whose foot once walked in Eden before dusk.
And Pascha new: the Master’s Body, Blood.
O Christ, drop from your face, as pleading to
Escape from death, by this you cheat the foe.
‘Gainst one who longs to die for world’s release?
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!