Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bearing our curse, becoming sin,

You loose us from both the burden

of the law and from our lawlessness.

You bruise the serpent’s head,

and snatch us from its grip. You open

the way to resurrection, shattering

the gates of hell. You slay the one

who held death’s power, give comfort

to those who honor You. You give the holy cross

by which our enemy is slain, by which

our life returns to us abundantly.

 

–Macrina the Younger (Turkish, ca. 327-379)