In honor of Holy Week
In looking up information about Holy Week, I came upon this hymn, usually performed on Tuesday evening. It’s called the Hymn of Kassiani, and is from the perspective of the woman who washed Christ’s feet with her tears. I’m still looking for an audio version, but the text is lovely.
Sensing Thy divinity, O Lord, a woman of many sins
takes it upon herself to become a myrrh-bearer,
And in deep mourning brings before Thee fragrant oil
in anticipation of Thy burial; crying:
“Woe to me!” For night is to me, oestrus of lechery,
a dark and moonless eros of sin.
Receive the wellsprings of my tears,
O Thou who gatherest the waters of the oceans into clouds.
Bend to me, to the sorrows of my heart,
O Thou who bendedst down the heavens in Thy ineffable self-emptying.
I will kiss Thine immaculate feet
and dry them with the locks of my hair;
Those very feet whose sound Eve heard at dusk in Paradise
and hid herself in fear.
Who shall reckon the multitude of my sins,
or the abysses of Thy judgment, O Saviour of my soul?
Do not ignore Thy handmaiden,
O Thou whose mercy is endless.
And check out Kassia, the nun who wrote the hymn, she was pretty awesome.
here you go 🙂