Friday, April 09, 2004

They pierced my hands and my feet; I can tell all my bones - Psalm 21/22

Good Friday 2004
Please join me, Dave, Lee, Samer and John as all of Catholic Christendom and indeed all Christians are in calendrical sync this year and pray for peace, for the people of Iraq and Palestine, that the US, British and other troops wrongly in the Middle East come home safely and very soon, and for the restoration of freedom, and the flourishing of our holy mother, the church, at home:

+ Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy upon us.

+ Hagios ho Theos, hagios Ischyros, hagios Athanatos, eleison imas.

+ Святый Боже, святый Крепкий, святый Безсмертный, помилуй нас.

For the peace of the whole world, for the welfare of the holy churches of God and for the unity of all, let us pray to the Lord: Lord, have mercy.

The plashchanitsa, the icon of the burial of Christ used in the Orthodox liturgy on Good Friday

Благообразный Иосиф, с Древа снем пречистое тело Твое, плащаницею чистою обвив, и вонями во гробе нове покрыв положи.

The noble Joseph, taking down Thy most pure Body from the Tree, wrapped It in a clean linen, anointed It with spices and placed It in a new tomb.