Saturday, April 15, 2006

Eastern churches
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If Jesus is true God as well as true man, why did he weep when he came to Lazarus’ tomb since he knew what he was about and was going to revive him? (The shortest verse in the Bible: Jesus wept.) The answer from the Orthodox office for today is also why he prayed in fear sweating blood at Gethsemane and cried out on the cross ‘Eli, eli, lama sabachthani?’
Shedding tears of tender love, thou didst call to him in thy compassion.

As a man, thou didst ask where Lazarus was buried,
Though as God, thou knowest all things.

Thou didst stand in Bethany by the tomb of Lazarus,
Weeping for him, as is the way of mortal men,
Since thou didst assume the fulness of human weakness,
Jesu, my God.

Thou comest to the tomb of Lazarus in Bethany, O Lord,
and weepest according to the law of nature, O God our Saviour,
to establish our faith in the reality of thine incarnation.

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