THINE IS THE POWER AND THE GLORY
BY H.H. POPE SHENOUDA III
During the Holy Passion Week, the Holy Church concentrates on one subject: The Lord Christ's suffering. For this reason, the Psalm readings and the Canonical Hours which cover various subjects relating to the Lord Jesus Christ including His birth, His ministry, His Resurrection, Ascension and sitting on the Father's right hand and His Second Coming in His Glory, are replaced by a special hymn chosen by the Church especially for the Pascha Week in which we address the Lord suffering for us saying:
"Thine is the Power, the Glory, the Blessing and the Honour, forever Amen, Emmanuel our God and King "
"Thine is the Power, the Glory, the Blessing and the Honour, forever Amen, Our Lord Jesus Christ",
"Thine is the Power, the Glory, the Blessing and the Honour, forever Amen ...”
adding to it .."Our Good Saviour" from Wednesday night, as the plot to betray the Lord Christ was the practical step towards salvation.
This prayer, is repeated ten times every day.; five during daytime and five at night, ie. during the following hours: First, Third, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh.
In each of these prayers, we turn to our God and Saviour in His passions and say, "we know who You are, for "Thine is the Power, Glory, Blessing and Honour, forever Amen."
With this prayer, we follow the Lord Christ step by step along the incidents of this week that preceded the crucifixion. What then are these incidents? And how does the Church act during this week?