Our Lord subdued His might and constrained it, that His living death might give life to Adam. His hands He gave to the piercing of the nails, instead of the hand that plucked the fruit: He was smitten on the cheek in the judgment hall, instead of the mouth that ate it in Eden.And because his foot bore Adam thence, His feet were pierced.
Our Lord was stripped, that He might make us modest: with the gall and vinegar He made sweet the bitterness of the serpent, which he had poured forth into mankind. Blessed is He Who gave me the victory and quickened the dead to His glory!
St. Ephraim the Syrian
Prepared: Damjan Bozhinovski