April 1, 2010

The Two Evil Deeds of Israel Against Jesus

The following hymn from the Praises of Matins on Holy and Great Friday has Jesus speaking to the people of Israel about their two evil deeds:

Israel, My first-born son, committed two evil deeds: He forsook Me, the source of the living water, and hewed out for himself a broken well; and he crucified Me on the Wood after asking for the release of Barabbas. The heavens were aghast at this, and the sun hid its rays. But you, O Israel, were not ashamed and delivered Me to death. Forgive them, O Holy Father, for they know not what they have done.

Δύο καὶ πονηρὰ ἐποίησεν, ὁ πρωτότοκος υἱός μου Ἰσραήλ, ἐμὲ ἐγκατέλιπε, πηγὴν ὕδατος ζωῆς, καὶ ὤρυξεν ἑαυτῶ φρέαρ συντετριμμένον, ἐμὲ ἐπὶ ξύλου ἐσταύρωσε, τὸν δὲ Βαραββᾶν ἠτήσατο, καὶ ἀπέλυσεν, ἐξέστη ὁ οὐρανὸς ἐπὶ τούτω, καὶ ὁ ἥλιος τὰς ἀκτῖνας ἀπέκρυψε, σὺ δὲ Ἰσραὴλ οὐκ ἐνετράπης, ἀλλὰ θανάτω μὲ παρέδωκας. Ἄφες αὐτοῖς Πάτερ ἅγιε, οὐ γὰρ οἴδασι τὶ ἐποίησαν.

Chanted by Nektaria Karantzi

Chanted by Demetris Magouris