As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Hymn by Gregory of Narek, Armenian hymnographer, AD 951-1003

O Sun of justice, blessed ray,
the first source of light;
O ardently Desired, above all else;
joy of the good, vision of fulfilled hope,
praised and heavenly, Christ the Creator;
fill the void of my miserable voice
with your almighty word;
and offer it as a supplication
pleasing to your Father Most High,
for you have come into the world in likeness to me,
subjecting yourself to human suffering,
the heritage of the curse.
O blessing of life, watchful providence
for all, both small and great!
If you accepted to die for me,
you, God and Lord of all,
how much more,
for the sake of the body you assumed, of your nature,
will you pardon the weakness that leads me into danger,
interceding for me, a sinner,
with the Father whose glory you share.

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