Grappling with the paradox of the Cross

25 03 2009

A dread and marvelous mystery we see come to pass this day.  He whom none may touch is seized; he who looses Adam from the curse is bound.  He who tries our hearts and inner thoughts is unjustly brought to trial.  He who closed the abyss is shut in prison.  He before whom the powers of heaven stand with trembling, stands before Pilate; the Creator is struck by the hand of a creature.  He who comes to judge the living and the dead is condemned to the cross; the Destroyer of hell is enclosed in a tomb. 

 

          Byzantine liturgy

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