O Friend, wherefore art thou come?
(St. Matthew 26:50)
My people, My people what have I done to you, how have I offended you? Answer me!
I gave you a royal scepter but you gave me a thorn crown.
I raised you up in
power, but you raised me on the Cross.
Agios o Theos, Agios ischyros,
Agios athanatos eleison imas.
Holy is God, Holy and Strong,
Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.
“Take care lest it be said to thee what was said to Christ on the cross:
“He saved others, Himself He cannot save!” ”
– St. Norbert