Reconciliation’s Plan Devising

This hymn is a translation of Ode V of the Canon at Orthros on St. Thomas Sunday, which is the First Sunday following Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) in the Byzantine Liturgy.

This is hymn does not appear in the first edition of Hymns of the Eastern Church (1862). It originally appeared in the 2nd edition, published later in 1862. This text comes from a later 1870 edition of the text. There are no variations in the text in the 5th edition:

“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,
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.

Words: St. John of Damascus, ca. 8th Century; tr. John Mason Neale, 1862.
Tune: TBD…

The 1870 edition notes that the Katavasia is the hymn “Let Us Rise In Early Morning” translated elsewhere. Specifically, it is the first verse of this hymn.

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

Κανών α’, ᾨδὴ ε’, τῆς Ἑορτῆς 
Ἦχος α’ 
Ὁ Εἱρμὸς  
«Ἐκ νυκτὸς ὀρθρίζοντες ὑμνοῦμέν σε Χριστέ, τὸν τῷ Πατρὶ συνάναρχον, καὶ Σωτῆρα τῶν ψυχῶν ἡμῶν, τὴν εἰρήνην τῷ κόσμῳ, παράσχου φιλάνθρωπε».

Ἐπιστὰς τοῖς φίλοις ἀθυμοῦσιν ὁ Σωτήρ, τῇ παρουσίᾳ ἅπασαν, ἀπελαύνει τὴν κατήφειαν, καὶ σκιρτᾶν διεγείρει, τῇ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

Ὢ τῆς ἀληθῶς ἐπαινουμένης τοῦ Θωμᾶ, φρικτῆς ἐγχειρήσεως! τολμηρῶς γὰρ ἐψηλάφησε τὴν πλευράν, τὴν τῷ θείῳ πυρὶ ἀπαστράπτουσαν.

Ἀπιστίαν πίστεως γεννήτριαν ἡμῖν, τὴν τοῦ Θωμᾶ ἀνέδειξας· σὺ γὰρ πάντα τῇ σοφίᾳ σου, προνοεῖς συμφερόντως, Χριστὲ ὡς φιλάνθρωπος.
«Ὀρθρίσωμεν ὄρθρου βαθέος, καὶ ἀντὶ μύρου τὸν ὕμνον προσοίσωμεν τῷ Δεσπότῃ , καὶ Χριστὸν ὀψόμεθα, δικαιοσύνης ἥλιον, πᾶσι ζωὴν ἀνατέλλοντα».

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