We adore Thee, O Christ, and we praise Thee Because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.
And immediately one of them running took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar; and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. (Mathew 27:48)
St. HILARY- Vinegar is wine, which has turned sour either from neglect, or the fault of the vessel. Wine is representative of the honor of immortality, or virtue. When this then had been turned sour in Adam, He (Christ) took and drunk it at the hands of the Gentiles. It is offered to Him on a reed and a sponge; that is, He took from the bodies of the Gentiles immortality spoiled and corrupted and transfused it in Himself into a mixture of immortality, that which was spoiled in us.