Hymns for Holy Week

Selected hymns from this week's services

Holy and Great Thursday

Troparion, Tone One

When the glorious disciples were enlightened at the washing of their feet before the supper, then the impious Judas was darkened, ailing with avarice, and to the lawless judges he betrays Thee, the Righteous Judge. Behold, O lover of money, this man who because of money hanged himself. Flee from the greedy soul which dared such things against the Master. O Lord Who are good towards all men, glory to Thee!

Kontakion, Tone Two


With his hands the betrayer receives the bread. With his hands he secretly receives the silver, the price of Him Who fashioned man with His hands; so the servant and deceiver Judas remains depraved.

Holy and Great Friday

Troparion, Tone Eight

When the thief beheld the Author of Life hanging upon the cross, he said: "If it were not God in the flesh crucified here with us, The sun would not have hidden his rays nor would the earth have quaked and trembled, But remember me in Thy kingdom, O long-suffering Lord!"

Kontakion, Tone Four



Come, let us all sing the praises of Him Who was crucified for us, For Mary said when she beheld Him upon the tree, Though Thou dost endure the cross, Thou art my Son and my God.

Holy and Great Saturday

from "Lord, I Call", tone Two

Today hell cries out groaning: I should not have accepted the Man born of Mary. He came and destroyed my power. He shattered the gates of brass. As God, He raised the souls that I had held captive. Glory to Thy cross and resurrection, O Lord.

Today, hell cries out groaning: My dominion has been shattered. I received a dead man as one of the dead, but against Him I could not prevail. From eternity I had ruled the dead, but behold, He raised all. Because of Him do I perish. Glory to Thy cross and resurrection, O Lord.

Today hell cries out groaning: My power has been trampled upon. The Shepherd is crucified and Adam is raised. I have been deprived of those whom I ruled. Those whom I swallowed in my strength I have given up. He Who was crucified has emptied the tombs. The power of death has been vanquished. Glory to Thy cross and resurrection, O Lord.

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