This is the glory of the Church, this the riches of the Kingdom

COME, let us be glad in the Lord, in him that hath shattered the dominion of death, and enlightened the race of men, and cry together with the bodiless powers: Glory be to thee, our Creator and Saviour. (twice)

THOU didst endure a cross, O Saviour, and a grave for us, but being God thou didst make death dead by death; therefore, we worship thy resurrection on the third day: O Lord, glory be to thee.

WHEN the Apostles saw the Rising of the Creator, they cried out in wonder the angelic song of praise: This is the glory of the Church, this the riches of the Kingdom. O Lord who sufferedst for us, glory be to thee.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Now and Forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

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IT is the Day of Resurrection, let us celebrate the feast in splendour,
Let us embrace one another.
Brethren, let us say, even unto them that hate us:
Let us forgive everything upon the Resurrection,
and so cry out:
CHRIST is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,
and granting life to them that are in the grave.

(Sung by Sophia Manou, with brief extracts (in Greek)
from the Gospel, read by actress Katerina Lechou. See Mark 16, vv. 1-5, 6, 7-8).

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Dogmatic Theotokion.

O LADY without defilement, the mystery accomplished in thee is unspeakable, and we tremble at it. For thou gavest birth to the Word, the cause of all things, beyond cause and beyond word, embodied by the holy Spirit, taking flesh from thee while remaining unaltered in the nature that is his own. For when both had come together, while self-subsistently one single person, he sprang forth twofold in nature, wholly God, yet wholly man, and in each one shewing that wholeness by active properties. For while he truly suffered in a fleshly way upon the cross, he remained divinely untouchable by suffering, in the same way that he truly died as he is mortal, but being God rose up again on the third day, throwing down the dominion of death, and delivering what is human from corruption. O beseech him, God’s own mother, as he is the Redeemer and Saviour of our race, to send down upon us the Great Mercy of his compassion.

Resurrectional Stichera on Sundays of the Grave Tone. Source.

Ed.- It is not fashionable, I know, to regard dogma as important. But

TELL me the story slowly, that I may take it in,
That wonderful redemption, God’s remedy for sin.
Tell me the story often, for I forget so soon;
The early dew of morning has passed away at noon.

Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.

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2 thoughts on “This is the glory of the Church, this the riches of the Kingdom

  1. oh in this case, dogmatic approach is very, very important and effective, I believe! My little nieces and nephew are absorbing everything about Jesus with such fervour. They think the story is fascinating. It’s so fun to raise them into mighty praying armies!

  2. Children are good at silent wonder. I think the mistake we make is to think of dogma as something presented to the talkative mind, rather than to the silently watching heart.

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