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Dismas the thief

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Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria (385-412) wrote a Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief, which is classic Coptic literature. In the Eastern Orthodox Church one of the hymns of Good Friday, commemorating the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha, is entitled, The Good Thief (or The Wise Thief, Church Slavonic: ''Razboinika blagorazumnago''), and speaks of how Christ granted Dismas Paradise. There are also several moving compositions of this hymn which are used by the [[Church of Russia|Russians]] and form one of the highlights of the Matins service on Good Friday.
:''"The Wise Thief didst Thou make worthy of Paradise, in a single moment, O Lord. By the wood of thy Cross illumine me as well, and save me."''
==Further reading==
*[ The Wise Thief] -hymn, posted Friday, April 20, 2007 by Fr. John Whiteford.
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