The following from the Touchstone Magazine blog Mere Comments :

While the sinful woman brought oil of myrrh, the disciple came to an agreement with the transgressors. She rejoiced to pour out what was very precious, he made haste to sell the One who is above all price. She acknowledged Christ as Lord, he severed himself from the Master. She was set free, but Judas became the slave of the enemy. Grievous was his lack of love! Great was her repentance! Grant such repentance also unto me, O Saviour who hast suffered for our sake, and save us.

The harlot spread out her hair before Thee, O Master, while Judas stretched out his hands to the transgressors: she, to receive forgiveness; and he, to receive money. Therefore we cry aloud to Thee who wast sold and hast set us free: O Lord, glory to Thee.

They are from Orthodox Matins on Holy Wednesday.  It makes me wish that our hymnody/liturgy had more contact with the East.  I think we would be richer for it.   Of course, most of the hymnody that is written today is hardy even based on Western Tradition. It is emotional pop-type love songs that are poorly written, even by secular standards (And those aren’t very high.)

Anyway, I’m just saying that I’m often struck with the beauty of expression found in the worship of our Eastern Brethren.


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