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The Paschal Canon

The hymnwriters of the Church take their inspiration from the Holy Scriptures and the Fathers of the Church, but since the service books are intended for practical use in the services, they are not supplied with notes or commentary. Some knowledge of these sources is essential if one is fully to appreciate the theological richness of these texts.

St Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain in his three volumes of commentary of the Festal Canons, including all those of Holy Week, is an extraordinary rich source for the study of these hymns. Sadly, they have never been translated into English and are not widely read in Greek, being written in elevated eighteenth century language.

The following version of the Paschal Canon by St John of Damascus is an attempt to begin to supply this lack.

The Paschal Canon

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Archimandrite Ephrem

This page was last updated on 03 November 2008