Gregory, died 381 AD, was one of the three Cappadocian Fathers who helped the church hold to the understanding of the Trinity. He chaired the Council of Constantinople in 381AD, which finalised the Nicene Creed.


Yesterday the Lamb was slain and the doorposts were anointed,

and Egypt bewailed her firstborn, and the Destroyer passed us over,

and the seal was dreadful and reverend,

and we were walled in by the precious blood.

Today we have clean escaped from Egypt and from Pharaoh;

and there is none to hinder us from keeping a feast to the Lord our God —

the feast of our departure.


Yesterday I was crucified with Him;

today I am glorified with Him;

yesterday I died with Him;

today I am quickened with Him;

yesterday I was buried with Him;

today I rise with Him.


Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us.

Let us become God’s for his sake, since he for ours became man.

He assumed the worse that He might give us the better;

he became poor that we through His poverty might be rich;

He took upon Himself the form of a servant that we might receive back our liberty

He came down that we may be exalted;

He was tempted that we might conquer;

He was dishonoured that He might glorify us;

He died that He might save us;

He ascended that He might draw to Himself us, who were lying low in the Fall of sin.


Let us give all, offer all, to Him Who gave Himself a ransom and reconciliation for us.