antiphon 15

I have been listening to an amazing CD of Byzantine Chant the last few weeks, called “The Gates of Repentance” by Fr. Apostolos Hill. You can check it out at Litugica.com. The crown jewel of the CD is this hymn from Holy Thursday (specifically Antiphon 15 of Holy Thursday Passion Gospels service), which has been especially poignant for me this Lent:

Today is suspended upon the Tree,
   He who suspended the land upon the waters
Today is suspended upon the Tree,
   He who suspended the land upon the waters
Today is suspended upon the Tree,
   He who suspended the land upon the waters

A crown of thorns crowns Him,
   Who is the King of Angels.
He is wrapped about with the purple of mockery
   Who wrapped the Heavens with clouds,
He received smitings,
   He, Who freed Adam in the Jordan.
He is transfixed with nails,
   Who is the Son of the Virgin

We worship Thy Passion, O Christ.
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ.
We worship Thy Passion, O Christ.
   Show us also, Thy glorious Resurrection.

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