The Crucifixion Hymn -
A Manichaean hymn in Parthian.
... Because of Satan the select were chosen by Jesus.
He (Satan) wanted to break through the fiery waves, to burn
the whole world with fire. The noble ruler (Jesus) changed his
garment and appeared before Satan in his power.
Then heaven and earth trembled, and Sammaèl plunged into
the deep. The true interpreter (Jesus) as filled with pity because
of the Light which the foe had devoured. He had raised it (the Light)
up from the deep pit of death to that place of zeal from which it
Honor to you, Son of Greatness, who has liberated your righteous
ones. Protect, now, too, the Teacher Màr Zaku, the great keeper of your
Awake, brethren, you chosen ones, on this day of the salvation of souls,
the foutreenth day of the month of Mihr, on which Jesus, the Son of God,
Harken, all you faithful:
When the time for the perfection of the Son of Man had come, all the
demons knew it. And the lord of the sinful doctrine ... covered himself
in deceit. And the demons took cunsel with each other. The twelve thrones
above were disturbed. Poison flowed down on the lower creation,
upon the sons, and the chalce of death was prepared for him (Jesus).
The Jews, the servants of the most high God, conceived of a deception ...
They conspired against the Son of Man. They devised evil; in deception
they brought forth false witnesses. Accursed Satan, who had always
troubled the apostles, molested the herd of Christ. He turned the treacherous
Iscariot into a steed, when the Most Beloved Jesus trusted the disciples.
He (Judas) indicated him to the night-watchman by a kiss on his hand.
He delivered the Son of God to the foes. He betrayed Truth. For the
sake of a rewrd that the Jews gave, he offered up his own lord and teacher.