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Hymns of the Eastern Church, by J.M. Neale, [1884], at

p. 125

"S. Thomas's Sunday"


by S. John Damascene.

ἐκ νυκτὸς ὀρθρίζοντες.

"Reconciliation's plan devising,
  "Fellow-sharer of the Father's Throne,
"Thee, O Christ, we, very early rising,
  "Tender lover of our spirits, own!"

When Thy Friends, with deep dismay confounded,
  Stood amaz’d, and knew not where to fly,
All the darkness that their souls surrounded
  Thou didst scatter with Thy drawing nigh.

Touch how awful, how consolatory!
  When, O Thomas, thou didst stretch thine hand, p. 126
And that Side, resplendent in its glory,
  Didst explore, because He gave command!

Unbelief of Thomas was the Mother
  Of Thy Church's most unshaken Creed:
Thou, O Saviour, wise above all other,
Had’st, before the world was, thus decreed.

Catavasia. "Let us rise in early morning." (p. 100.)

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