Remember nothing but his weakness: his Cross, his Passion, his Death

ONLY-begotten Son and Word of God, who being immortal accepted for our salvation to take flesh from the holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, and without change became man;

you were crucified, Christ God, by death trampling on death, being one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit:

Save us!

Anastasis.

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An icon of the Mystical Supper, from the Stavronikita Monastery on Mount Athos

An icon of the Mystical Supper, from the Stavronikita Monastery on Mount Athos

WHAT is this commemoration? How do we remember the Lord in our liturgy?

Which of his actions, which stages of his life, are called to mind? In other words, what are we to recall concerning him and his life?

That he raised the dead, that he gave sight to the blind, that he ruled the tempests, that he fed thousands with a few loaves, thus showing himself to be God Almighty?

By no means.

Rather, we must remember those events which seem to denote nothing but weakness: his Cross, his Passion, his Death — these are the happenings which he asks us to commemorate.

St Nicholas Cabasilas, “Commentary on the Divine Liturgy” §7.

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COME, believers, let us enjoy the Master’s welcome and the immortal table in the upper place, with minds raised high, having learnt a transcendent word from the Word, whom we magnify.

Matins on Great Thursday. Anastasis.

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