Glory to Christ

Church of Saint Jacob in Nisibis where Ephrem the Syrian ministered

I give you glory, O Christ, because you,
   the Only-begotten, the Lord of all,
   underwent the death of the Cross
   to free my sinful soul from the bonds of sin.
   What shall I give to you, O Lord,
   in return for all this kindness?
Glory to you, O Lord,
   for your love,
   for your mercy,
   for your patience.
Glory to you,
   for forgiving us all our sins,
   for coming to save our souls,
   for your incarnation in the Virgin’s womb.
Glory to you,
   for your bonds,
   for receiving the cut of the lash,
   for accepting mockery.
Glory to you,
   for your crucifixion,
   for your burial,
   for your resurrection.
Glory to you,
   for your resurrection,
   for being preached to men,
   for being taken up to heaven.
Glory to you
   who sit at the Father’s right hand
   and will return in glory.
Glory to you
   for willing that the sinner be saved
   through your great mercy and compassion.

St. Ephrem the Syrian, c. 306-378, hymn writer and theologian


Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:
He was manifested in the flesh,
    vindicated by the Spirit,
        seen by angels,
proclaimed among the nations,
    believed on in the world,
        taken up in glory.

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