St Nektarios: A hymn to our Lord Jesus Christ

A Romanian Orthodox priest holds an icon of Christ crucified during the liturgy for Great Thursday, at the Pasarea monastery near Bucharest.

“Word of God! Thy Crucifixion / Hath upraised me from the earth; / By Thy death and dereliction, / Thou hast given me nobler birth”. The liturgy for Great Thursday, at the Pasarea monastery near Bucharest.

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A Hymn to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
By St Nektarios of Pentapolis and Aegina.

CHRIST The Word! Thine Incarnation
Links my nature to Thine own;
By Thy sore Humiliation,
I am lifted to Thy throne;
By Thy suffering Thou hast fired me
With a zeal to sacrifice,
And to noble life inspired me,—
Hence my grateful songs arise.

WORD of God! Thy Crucifixion
Hath upraised me from the earth;
By Thy death and dereliction,
Thou hast given me nobler birth;
By Thy Resurrection glorious,
Life immortal now I own,—
Hence ascend my songs victorious
To Thy praise, O Christ the Son.

BY Thy hand at the creation,
Thou didst form me from the ground,
And, to mark my kingly station,
With Thine image I was crowned;
And that hand, when pierced and bleeding,
Raised me from corruption’s mire,
And, though all this love unheeding,
Decked me with divine attire.

THOU who gav’st my soul its being,
Breathing in me life divine,
Didst, by Thine all-wise decreeing,
Unto death Thy life resign;
And from death my soul defending,
Thou didst sojourn with the dead,
That Thou mightst, my fetters rending,
Raise me up, Thou Glorious Head!

St Nektarios of Pentapolis and Aegina, tr. J. Brownlie, in “Hymns of the Morningland”.

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