Exapostilarion of the 4th Gospel
et us with virtues dazzling bright * envision two men standing * in the life-bearing sepulcher * wearing dazzling apparel * beside the myrrh-bearing women * who bow their faces to the earth. * Let us be taught the rising of * Him who rules over heaven. And let us run * unto life within the tomb, joining Peter. * Marveling at what has occurred, * let us abide to see Christ.
hen You pronounced the word “Rejoice,” * You, Lord, exchanged the sorrow * of the Ancestors, in its stead * in the world introducing * the joy of Your resurrection. * Hence, O Life-giver, send out * its light illumining the hearts, * the light of Your compassions, by means of her * who gave birth to You, so that we might cry out: * O God-man, Lover of mankind, * glory be to Your rising.
Glory. Mode IV.
orning twilight was dim, and the women came to the sepulcher, O Christ. But Your body, which they longed for, was nowhere to be found. While they were perplexed about this, the men in dazzling apparel appeared and stood by them, saying to them: “Why do you seek among the dead Him who lives? He rose as He foretold you. Why do you not remember the words He spoke to you?” And they believed them, and they proclaimed all that they had seen. But the good tidings seemed to be an idle tale. Thus were the disciples still slow to understand. Yet Peter rose and ran; and when he saw, he went home glorifying Your marvels.