Saturday, September 08, 2007

Feast of the Nativity of our Most Holy Lady the Θεοτοκυς


What is this sound of feasting that we hear?
Joachim and Anna mystically keep festival.
“O Adam and Eve,” they cry, “rejoice with us today:
For if by your transgressions you closed the gates of Paradise to those of old,
We have now been given a glorious fruit,
Mary the Child of God
Who opens its entrance to us all.”

Thy nativity, O Θεοτοκυς,
Has brought joy to all the world:
For from thee has shone fourth
The Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God.
He has loosed us from the curse and given the blessing:
He has vanquished death, and bestowed on us eternal life.

By thy holy nativity, O most pure Virgin,
Joachim and Anna were set free from the reproach of childlessness,
And Adam and Eve from the corruption of death.
Delivered from the guilt of sin,
Thy people keep the feast and sing:
“The barren woman bears the Θεοτοκυς,
the Sustainer of our life.”

Be renewed, O Adam, and be magnified, O Eve;
You prophets, dance with the apostles and the righteous;
Let there be common joy in the world
among angels and mortals
For the Θεοτοκυς is born today of
righteous Joachim and Anna.

4 comments:

FranIAm said...

This is gorgeous. Thank you.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Lovely, lovely, both the words and the icon.

Padre Rob+ said...

Thanks for remembering our Lady's birthday. It seems few do these days.

Peace
Rob+

John said...

The Birthday of Mary was celebrated in a big way here in Hong Kong -- the 95th anniversary of St. Mary's Church. Eucharist with the Archbishop of HK presiding and preaching, followed by a 12 course banquet!

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