O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Either Produce The Body or Worship The Risen Lord

I love these antiphons. They make me laugh every time they come up at Sunday Matins every eight weeks:

Matins, At the Praises, Tone 2:
Let the Jews tell how the soldiers lost the King they were guarding. * Why then did the stone not guard the Rock of Life? * Let them either produce the body or worship the risen Lord, * exclaiming together with us: * 'Glory to the multitude of Thy mercies: * O Saviour, glory be to Thee!'.

In truth, O wicked ones, * by sealing the tomb you have granted us a greater wonder; * for the guards having complete knowledge of what took place were compelled by you to say * "while we slept the Disciples came and stole him". * And who would steal a corpse, especially one that is naked? * But He hath arisen by His own authority as God, * leaving behind His grave-clothes in the tomb. * Come, O ye Jews, * see that He did not burst the seals, * the One who hath trampled on death * and granteth mankind life without end * and His great mercy.