Не я б’ю — лоза б’є, За тиждень — Великдень, Будь дужий, як вода, А багатий, як земля!
Not I—the willow taps, In one week—Easter! Be strong as the water and rich as the earth!
Once again we stand at the threshold: the end of Great Lent and the start of Passion Week (Strasnyj Tyzhden’), when we contemplate Christ’s suffering and death. We do this, not as an anniversary, or even as a memorial, but as a renewal of our identity as human beings of God.