In the beginning was the Word
Equal in fullness of divinity to the Father;
In Him is life, the light of people,
Shining in the darkness.
Thou art the Word, O Redeemer,
In Thee all was created;
The whole universe Thou wield’st in hand:
Heaven, earth and abysses.
Thou art First and Last,
King and Judge of kings;
Two-edged sword in Thy mouth,
To separate good from evil.
The Church of God, the New City,
Gleaming with gold and pearls,
Built thanks to Thy blood,
Hath become our dwelling.
Thou alone light’st Thy City,
Wedded in glory to Thee;
There Thou shalt feed us in eternity
With the fruit of the tree of life.
Glory be to Thee, O Resurrected,
To Thy Father and Ghost;
Thou wast, art, and shalt come,
Therefore we call: “Come, O Lord!”