Sunday, October 5, 2008

Prayer to Christ's Resurrection

Close-up of mosaic icon of Christ's Resurrection - Nea Moni Monastery, Chios, Greece

I thought I would include this well-known and beloved prayer, recited in the Orthros service on Sundays and after Pascha, that to me represents the tangible presence of Christ's Resurrection. It is one of my favorite prayers, but unfortunately, I'm not sure who composed it.

Ἀνάστασιν Χριστοῦ θεασάμενοι, προσκυνήσωμεν Ἅγιον Κύριον Ἰησοῦν, τὸν μόνον ἀναμάρτητον. Τὸν Σταυρόν σου, Χριστέ, προσκυνοῦμεν καὶ τὴν ἁγίαν σου ἀνάστασιν ὑμνοῦμεν καὶ δοξάζομεν· σὺ γὰρ εἶ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ἐκτός σου ἄλλον οὐκ οἴδαμεν, τὸ ὄνομά σου ὀνομάζομεν. Δεῦτε πάντες οἱ πιστοί, προσκυνήσωμεν τὴν τοῦ Χριστοῦ ἁγίαν ἀνάστασιν · ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἦλθε διὰ τοῦ Σταυροῦ χαρὰ ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ κόσμῳ. Διὰ παντὸς εὐλογοῦντες τὸν Κύριον, ὑμνοῦμεν τὴν ἀνάστασιν αὐτοῦ·Σταυρὸν γὰρ ὑπομείνας δι᾿ ἡμᾶς, θανάτῳ θάνατον ὤλεσεν.

Having seen the Resurrection of Christ, let us worship the Holy Lord Jesus, the only sinless one. Your Cross do we worship, O Christ, and Your holy Resurrection do we hymn and glorify. For You are our God, we know no other but You, we call upon Your name. Come all the faithful, let us worship the holy Resurrection of Christ; for behold through the Cross, joy has come in all the world. Ever blessing the Lord, we extol His Resurrection. For enduring the Cross for us, He destroyed death by death.

Close-up of icon of Christ Resurrected, telling St. Mary Magdalene "Do not touch me" (I believe it was painted at a monastery in Patmos, Greece).

(Text from Fr. Seraphim Dedes at , and Icons courtesy of used with permission)

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