Saturday, 11 April 2015

Gregory Tucker: O Day of Resurrection! The Paschal Mystery in Hymns

This paper will examine how the mystery of Christ is explicated and praised in the Paschal Stichera. These hymns constitute a part of Paschal Matins in the Byzantine Rite and are unattributed in the liturgical books. The presentation will include a philological study of selected verses and an examination of the way in which the prophecy of Isaiah (specifically ch. 60–66) supplies the central imagery of the hymns. It will also consider the relationship between the Paschal Stichera and Orations 1 and 45 of St Gregory of Naziaznus (used extensively by St John of Damascus in the composition of the Paschal Canon) and evidence of the liturgical reception of these hymns.

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