Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Rejoice, O Virgin!
Hymn for the Annunciation by Genevieve Glenn, OSB
The apple tree spread wide its shade
To shield the garden from the sun;
In dappled light the Virgin prayed
That, cloud or clear, God’s will be done.
The apple blossoms frothed and fell
In pools of white about her feet,
Wing-brushed when heaven came to tell
Of earth’s release and sin’s defeat.
She trod the blossoms to the ground,
For she would bear a finer fruit
Whose flesh would make the sick grow sound
And heal the wounded world at root.
The apples on the market stall
Are tempting to the eye and tongue,
But her fruit has surpassed them all:
High praise to Christ, our life, be sung!
Troparion Tone 4:
Today is the beginning of our salvation/ and the manifestation of the mystery which is from eternity./ The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin,/ and Gabriel announces grace./ So with him let us also cry to the Mother of God:/ Rejoice, thou who art full of grace!/ The Lord is with thee.
Kontakion Tone 8:
Queen of the Heavenly Host, Defender of our souls,/ we thy servants offer to thee songs of victory and thanksgiving,/ for thou, O Mother of God, hast delivered us from dangers./ But as thou hast invincible power, free us from conflicts of all kinds/ that we may cry to thee: Rejoice, unwedded Bride!
Happy Feast to all who come by here!