In the Red Sea

GIVE thanks to the Lord: for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. […]

To him who smote Egypt with their first-born; for his mercy endures for ever. And brought Israel out of the midst of them; for his mercy endures for ever: with a strong hand, and a high arm: for his mercy endures for ever.

To him who divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endures for ever: and brought Israel through the midst of it: for his mercy endures for ever: and overthrew Pharao and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endures for ever.

To him who led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endures for ever.

Psalm 135(136):1, 10-16

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IN the Red Sea was once depicted an image of the Bride who knew not wedlock. There Moses the parter of the water, here Gabriel the servant of the marvel; then Israel marched dry shod through the deep, but now the Virgin has given birth to Christ without seed; the sea after Israel’s passage remained untrodden; the Blameless one after bearing Emmanuel remained incorrupt. O God, who exists and pre-exists, and appeared as man, have mercy on us.

Saturday Evening. Translation from Anastasis.

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