Thou Hallowed Chosen Day! That First

This hymn is a translation of Ode VIII of the Canon for Easter Sunday from the Pentecostarion in the Byzantine Liturgy. This is used in what we would think of as the Easter Vigil in the Western Church.

Here is the original text as it appears in the first edition of Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862):

Thou hallowed chosen day! that first
And best and greatest shinest!
Lady and Queen and Feast of feasts,
Of things divine, divinest!
On thee our praises Christ adore,
For ever and for evermore.

Come, let us taste the vine’s new fruit
For heavenly joy preparing:
On this propitious day, with Christ
His Resurrection sharing:
Whom as True God our hymns adore
For ever and for evermore.

Raise, Sion, raise thine eyes! for lo!
Thy scattered sons have found thee:
From East and West, and North and South,
Thy children gather round thee;
And in thy bosom Christ adore,
For ever and for evermore!

O Father of unbounded might!
O Son and Holy Spirit!
In Persons Three, in Substance One,
Of one co-equal merit;
In Thee baptiz’d, we Thee adore
For ever and for evermore!

Words: St. John of Damascus, 8th Century; tr. John Mason Neale, 1862.
Tune: “Eisenach” Johann H. Schein, 1628.
Tune (The English Hymnal):Mach’s Mit Mir Gott” melody by J.H. Schein, 1586-1630.
Alternate Tune (The English Hymn):Dies Ist Der Tag” melody by P. Sohren, c. 1676 (rhythm slightly adapted).
Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8

This is the text of this hymn as it appears in the 5th edition of Hymns of the Eastern Church as well as The English Hymnal (1906):

Thou hallow’d chosen morn of praise,
That best and greatest shinest!
Lady and Queen and Day of days,
Of things divine, divinest!
On thee our praises Christ adore,
For ever and for evermore.

Come, let us taste the Vine’s new fruit
For heav’nly joy preparing:
To-day the branches with the Root
In Resurrection sharing:
Whom as True God our hymns adore
For ever and for evermore.

Rise, Sion, rise, and looking forth,
Behold thy children round thee:
From East and West, and South and North,
Thy scatter’d sons have found thee!
And in thy bosom Christ adore,
For ever and for evermore.

O Father! O co-equal Son!
O co-eternal Spirit!
In Persons Three, in Substance One,
And One in power and merit;
In Thee baptiz’d, we Thee adore
For ever and for evermore!

Here is St. John of Damascus’ original Greek text:

ᾨδὴ η’ Ὁ εἱρμὸς
«Αὕτη ἡ κλητὴ καὶ ἁγία ἡμέρα, ἡ μία τῶν Σαββάτων, ἡ βασιλὶς καὶ κυρία, ἑορτῶν ἑορτή, καὶ πανήγυρις ἐστὶ πανηγύρεων, ἐν ᾗ εὐλογοῦμεν, Χριστὸν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας».

Δεῦτε τοῦ καινοῦ τῆς ἀμπέλου γεννήματος τῆς θείας εὐφροσύνης, ἐν τῇ εὐσήμῳ ἡμέρᾳ τῆς ἐγέρσεως, βασιλείας τε Χριστοῦ κοινωνήσωμεν, ὑμνοῦντες αὐτόν, ὡς Θεόν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Ἆρον κύκλῳ τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς σου Σιὼν καὶ ἴδε· ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἥκασί σοι, θεοφεγγεῖς ὡς φωστῆρες, ἐκ δυσμῶν καὶ βορρᾶ, καὶ θαλάσσης, καὶ ἑῴας τᾶ τέκνα σου ἐν σοὶ εὐλογοῦντα, Χριστὸν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας.

Πάτερ παντοκράτορ, καὶ Λόγε, καὶ Πνεῦμα, τρισὶν ἑνιζομένη, ἐν ὑποστάσεσι φύσις, ὑπερούσιε καὶ ὑπέρθεε εἰς σὲ βεβαπτίσμεθα, καὶ σὲ εὐλογοῦμεν, εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας.
Καταβασία 
«Αὕτη ἡ κλητὴ καὶ ἁγία ἡμέρα, ἡ μία τῶν Σαββάτων, ἡ βασιλὶς καὶ κυρία, ἑορτῶν ἑορτή, καὶ πανήγυρις ἐστὶ πανηγύρεων, ἐν ᾗ εὐλογοῦμεν, Χριστὸν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας».

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