A merciful and faithful high priest

Christ the Great High Priest

Christ the Great High Priest

PLAINLY hath he become one of the greatest of gifts to us all, the child who without pains of labour was born of a Virgin : For God made anew the corruptible nature of mortals, and refashioned what is common to man.

Cross-Theotokion

WHEN she saw thee crucified, O Christ, she who gave thee birth cried out: O my son, what is this strange mystery I see? How canst thou die upon the tree, hung through the flesh, O thou that enrichest with life?

Vespers, September 29. Source.

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FOR verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Hebrews 2:16-18.

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