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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Holy Wednesday

Troparion in Tone 8
When the glorious disciples were enlightenedAt the washing of their feet before the supper,Then the impious Judas was darkened, ailing with avariceAnd to the lawless judges he betrays You, 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 is good towards all men, glory to You!
Kontakion in Tone 2
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.

On Great and Holy Wednesday, the hymns of the Bridegroom Service remind us of the sinful woman who poured precious ointment on Christ's head at Simon the leper's house (Mt. 26:7). The disciples complained about the wasteful extravagance, for the myrrh could have been sold and the money given to the poor. On this same day Judas agreed to betray the Lord for thirty pieces of silver. Because the betrayal took place on Wednesday, Orthodox Christians fast on most Wednesdays during the year.

On the other hand, the Savior declared that the woman's actions would be remembered wherever the Gospel is preached (Mt. 26:13), for she had anointed Him in preparation for His burial (Mt. 26:12).

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