OnlyBegottenSonWikipedia. The key word, Monogenes, is drawn from the Gospel of John 1:14, 1:18, and 3:16. The first of these verses describes the pre-incarnate Logos as being "only-begotten of the Father"; the second speaks of Jesus' earthly ministry; and the third describes the offering of the Incarnate Christ for the salvation of those who believe. The term Monogenes is also found in the Nicene Creed as established by the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD.

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O Monogenes Yios

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O Monogenes Yios (Greek: "Only-Begotten Son"), is a hymn (troparion) ascribed to the emperor Justinian I (527-565), which is chanted in the introductory portion of the Divine Liturgy of the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches which observe the Byzantine Rite. The hymn is a theological statement of faith in the dogma of the Incarnation.

Only-Begotten Son and Immortal Word of God The hymn is chanted at the end of the Second Antiphon during the Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great.

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Who for our salvation didst will to be incarnate of the holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary;
Who without change didst become man and was crucified;
Who art one of the Holy Trinity, glorified with the Father and the Holy Spirit:

The key word, Monogenes, is drawn from the Gospel of John 1:14, 1:18, and 3:16. The first of these verses describes the pre-incarnate Logos as being "only-begotten of the Father"; the second speaks of Jesus' earthly ministry; and the third describes the offering of the Incarnate Christ for the salvation of those who believe. The term Monogenes is also found in the Nicene Creed as established by the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD.

  1. ^ The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, Service Books of the Orthodox Church, II, South Canaan PA: St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, 1984, p. 38 

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