The Eight Resurrection Tones (Galician)
Resurrection Tropars, Kondaks, Theotokia, Prokimens, & Alleluias
The Tropar is a short hymn that expresses the Theme of the particular Church Service being celebrated. Thus, for Sunday Divine Liturgy, the Theme is the Resurrection of the Messiah.
The Kondak, is now also a short hymn/refrain. Originally it was a longer poetic composition based on a theological theme. Whilst best known at Divine Liturgy, it's comes from Matins, where it it still sung between the 6th and 7th Odes. We can still see the remnants of it's original form as theological poetry, cf. the "Ikos" a poetic verse chanted after the Matins Kondak, expounding a theological theme.
The Prokimen and Alleluia are the Refrains from Psalms that were sung between Bible Readings or before the Gospel reading. Nowadays, in parish churches, the entire Psalm is not customarily sung - but only a verse or 2. (Cf. the "responsorial psalm", in the mass of the Latin Church.)
The Theotokion are likewise thematic hymns of the Celebration. They hold out as example and symbol, Mary the "Theotokos" (literally Birth-giver of God), whose obedience to the Spirit was key in the Incarnation and God's Plan of Salvation. May our lives and prayer likewise be a synergy with God's action and love for the salvation of the world.
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 1
You arise in glory from the tomb and with Yourself You raised the world. all humanity acclaims You as God, and death has vanished. Adam exults, O Master, and Eve, redeemed from bondage now, cries out for joy: "You are the One, O Christ, Who offer resurrection to all."
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 2
You rose from the tomb. O almighty Saviour; and Hades, seeing this wonder, was stricken with fear; and the dead arose. Creation saw and rejoices with You, and Adam exults. And the world, my Saviour, sings Your praises for ever.
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 3
You arose from the tomb, O compassionate Lord, and led us out from the gates of death. Today Adam exults and Eve rejoices, and the prophets together with the patriarchs unceasingly acclaim the divine might of Your power.
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 4
My Saviour and Deliverer from the grave as God has raised out of bondage the children of the earth and shattered the gates of Hades; and, as Master, He rose on the third day.
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 5
You, my Saviour, descended to Hades, and as the Almighty, You shattered the gates. With Yourself, You, as the Creator, raised the death and shattered the sting of death, and delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Mankind. And so we cry out: "Save us, O Lord."
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 6
With His life-giving hand Christ our God, the Giver of Life, raised all the dead from the murky abyss and bestowed resurrection upon humanity. He is for all the Saviour, the Resurrection, and the Life, and the God of all.
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 7
No longer shall the dominion of death be able to hold humanity, for Christ went down shattering and destroying its power. Hades is bound. The prophets exults with one voice. The Saviour has come for those with faith, saying: "Come forth, O faithful, to the resurrection."
Kondak: Resurrection Tone 8
When You rose from the tomb, You also raised the dead and resurrected Adam. Eve exults in Your Resurrection, and the ends of the world celebrate Your rising from the dead, O most merciful One.
Fr. Roman Galadza