The ransomed world is glad, but my tender pity is inflamed as I watch thy crucifixion

An icon of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

“And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.”

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Today we commemorate Longinus, the Centurion who recognised something in Jesus that others did not.

AND when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

Mark 15:39

He went on to serve as a missionary in Cappadocia, the region of his birth, eventually being martyred.

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Kathisma.

THOU sawest the Redeemer crucified, and when his sunlight shone upon thee thou fleddest the deepest darkness of ignorance. Thou amendedst thyself, turning towards divine knowledge, for thou wast persuaded that the one upon whom thou didst look is God. Whence thou didst take up the struggle, thou wast numbered rejoicing among the choirs of the martyrs, O blessed Longinus.

Evermore make intercession to Christ our God together with them, O glorious one, that he grant unto them that keep with longing the feast of thy holy memory forgiveness for their failings.

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A wrecked fishing boat, Dubhchladach, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. © Johnny Durnan, Geograph. Used under licence. Click for original.

“In the storm of the trials of life, my soul now sinketh without a helmsman, O All-Immaculate, it seemeth to take on water because of its lading of sins, and to go down to the bottom of Hades.” A wrecked fishing boat, Dubhchladach, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. © Johnny Durnan, Geograph. Used under licence. Click for original.

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Theotokion.

MY wretched soul, O Virgin, is in danger: in the storm of the trials of life, it now sinketh without a helmsman, O All-Immaculate, it seemeth to take on water because of its lading of sins, and to go down to the bottom of Hades.

Come, Theotokos, in the fervour of thy intercession, and save it: open unto it thy quiet harbour, that I might cry out to thee in faith: Intercede with thy son and God, that he grant me forgiveness for my failings: for I thy servant cling to thee as my hope, O Lady.

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Cross-Theotokion.

WHEN the ewe-lamb saw the Lamb and Shepherd and Redeemer on the Cross, she kept tearfully lamenting, she kept crying out bitterly: ‘The world is glad, for it is being ransomed, but my tender pity is inflamed, as I watch thy crucifixion, which thou dost undertake because of thy tender pity, O God surpassingly good, O Lord who endureth pain’.

At which we cry out trustingly: ‘Be moved with tender pity, O Virgin, and grant unto them that worship his sufferings in faith forgiveness for their failings’.

At Matins. My non-expert translation, from Analogion.

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