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Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
« on: July 07, 2017, 05:41:00 PM »
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It is hard to imagine that controversy can become so engrained an attitude that even the words of hymns become the subject of polemics. But this is the case. In every Liturgy in our Orthodox services we sing the hymn of the Trisagion in one form or another, and in our Coptic Orthodox Tradition it usually has the words,

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was born of the Virgin, have mercy upon us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who was crucified for us, have mercy upon us.
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, who arose from the dead and ascended into heaven, have mercy upon us.

Most of us sing this without any thought that it could be controversial. It is a Christological hymn, which unites the divine and human natures of Christ, the incarnate Word, reminding us of his divinity as God, and his experience as true man in being born of the Virgin, crucified and entering death for our sake, and rising from the dead and ascending into heaven as a man.

Nevertheless, the fact that the Eastern Orthodox have come to use the Trisagion as a Trinitarian hymn, and in a different form, has often led them to make it a means of polemics, insisting that difference means error...

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Re: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 06:11:08 PM »
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It is hard to imagine that controversy can become so engrained an attitude that even the words of hymns become the subject of polemics. But this is the case. ...

I just want to break in here to urge that the hymns of the church are no trivial matter. We imbibe that spiritual food with every worship service. Few things could be as critical.
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Re: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 06:27:56 PM »
I agree that it's no trivial matter.  With that said, the controversy surrounding the Trisagion should not be controversial given the clarity of our theological position.
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Re: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 06:57:21 PM »
I agree that it's no trivial matter.  With that said, the controversy surrounding the Trisagion should not be controversial given the clarity of our theological position.

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Re: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2017, 11:56:51 AM »
The article was another tour de force by Fr. Peter.
I agree.  :)  Many of his articles have been helpful.

The first time I saw the hymn in this form was one of those epiphany moments.