Stichera of the Resurrection

When wicked hands had firmly sealed

Translator: John Brownlie
Published in 2 hymnals

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When wicked hands had firmly sealed
The silent tomb,
Then cam'st Thou forth, O Christ, as from
The Virgin's womb.

Thine Incarnation angels viewed
With wondering gaze;
And soldiers saw the empty tomb
In strange amaze.

Search they in vain, those mysteries lay
In night concealed:
The God-man and His rising were
For ever sealed.

Yet to the humble who by faith
Their Lord adore,
Those mysteries fade before their sight
For evermore.

Grant us who sing those mysteries now
A claim to praise;
And let Thy mercy bless our lives,
Now, and always.

Hymns of the Holy Eastern Church, 1902

Translator: John Brownlie

Brownlie, John, was born at Glasgow, Aug. 6, 1859, and was educated at Glasgow University, and at the Free Church College in the same city. In 1884 he was licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow; in 1885 he became Assistant Minister of the Free Church, Portpatrick, and on the death of the Senior Minister in 1890 he entered upon the full charge of the Church there. He has interested himself in educational matters, became a Member of the local School Board in 1888, a governor of Stranraer High School in 1897, and Chairman of the governors in 1901. His hymnological works are:— 1. The Hymns and Hymnwriters of the [Scottish] Church Hymnary, 1899. This is a biographical, historical, and critical companion to that hymnal, and is well done and… Go to person page >

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First Line: When wicked hands had firmly sealed
Title: Stichera of the Resurrection
Translator: John Brownlie
Source: Parakletike, p. 193; Parakletike, p. 2
Language: English