Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday in the Easter Octave

The Western Church calls these days the Easter Octave - an overflow of eight days - each prayer in the present tense - today! The Eastern Church calls these days Bright Week. Each day filled with the light of the Resurrection. At Athos, the icon of the Mother of God Glykophilousa is carried in procession. Here is the accompanying hymn:

The angel cried to the Lady full of grace:
Rejoice, O pure Virgin!
Again I say: Rejoice! 
Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!
Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shone on you!
Dance now and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos,
in the Resurrection of Your Son!

  • Theotokos is Greek for Mother of God. 
  • Glykophilousa means Sweet Kissing or Loving Kindness. In Christ, born of Mary, the world is kissed by God.
  • And who's the New Jerusalem? Who's Zion? It's us! 
  • Rejoice! Shine! Dance! Be glad! Be radiant! We're invited to enter an inner world of happiness.


  1. This brings more happiness and joy. It helps to let go of the sadness that surrounds us. Thank you for the footnotes at the bottom. I found them helpful for interpreting the little hymn above.

  2. At the center of the Christian experience is the Cross and the Empty Tomb. They exist side by side. Easter-Spring says: come back or begin again and again - return, return. We can all do something to alleviate suffering where we're able, but it is with us. Even lives of apparent luxury, privilege and ease contain suffering. Behind the high walls is often found great inner pain, loneliness and sorrow. Often what is lacking is an interior life.

    1. And how blessed are those when someone recognizes their suffering and extends their arms out in a gesture of love and support. That is what Christianity means to me. Being Christ for someone who needs me. It helps me to be less selfish and more appreciate of the good in my life.

  3. Glykophilousa, a new and beautiful word to me. Thank you.

  4. We have to remember to rejoice in the Resurrection throughout the year, not just during this Easter Octave. So often we are overwhelmed with the events within our lives and of the world that we forget to even pray. You remind us to check the posts and it keeps me thinking about the importance of God on a regular basis. Feelin grateful right now.

  5. "The Lord bring to completion the good thing begun in you."

  6. Being able to enlarge the icon is a real treat. I can really appreciate the beauty of the icon, the colors, the flowers. Its all quite nice. Thank you.

  7. An inner world of happiness helps to give us a glimpse of heaven here on earth. Something to focus on. And icons are windows to heaven so it all comes together for us in the Glykophilousa.