"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Feast of the Annunciation and Second Monday of the Great Fast

APOSTICHA FOR the Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady,

Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary


Tone 4    (from the Menaion, for the Feast)

In the sixth month, the Archangel was sent to the pure Virgin; and with his greeting "Rejoice," he announced the good news that the Deliverer was to come forth from her. Therefore, having received the salutation with faith, she conceived Thee, the pre-eternal God, Who were well-pleased ineffably to become man for the salvation of our souls.

v. Proclaim from day to day the glad tidings of the salvation of our God!

The Theotokos heard a tongue that she knew not, for the Archangel addressed to her the words of glad tidings;  therefore, accepting the salutation with faith, she conceived Thee, the pre-eternal God. And so, rejoicing exceedingly, we too cry aloud to Thee: “O God made flesh from her without change, grant peace to the world, and great mercy to our souls!”

v. Sing to the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done wonders!

Behold, our restoration has now been revealed to us: in a manner beyond understanding, God is united to mankind; at the voice of the Archangel, delusion is destroyed, for the Virgin receives joy; things of the earth have become heaven; and the world is freed from the ancient curse. Let creation rejoice exceedingly and sing with voices of praise: “O Lord, our Maker and Deliverer, glory to Thee!”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

Tone 4    (for the Annunciation, by Andrew of Jerusalem)

Today the good tidings of joy are proclaimed, today is the festival of the Virgin; things below are joined together with things on high. Adam is made new; Eve is freed from the primal grief; and by the deification of the human nature, which the Lord assumed, the tabernacle of our substance has become a temple of God. Oh, what a mystery! The manner of His emptying cannot be known; the manner of His conception is beyond speech. An Angel ministers at the miracle; a virginal womb receives the Son; the Holy Spirit is sent down; the Father on high is well pleased, and according to their common counsel, a covenant is brought to pass in which and through which we are saved. For this reason let us unite our song with Gabriel’s, crying aloud to the Virgin: “Rejoice, O Lady full of grace, the Lord is with thee! From thee is our salvation, Christ our God, Who, by assuming the nature that is our own, has led us back to Himself. Humbly pray to Him for the salvation of our souls!”




Matins, Tone 5

Prayer and fasting are a marvelous weapon. Through them Moses became writer of the Law and Elijah a fiery enemy of false sacrifice. Let us persevere in them, ye faithful, and cry unto the Saviour: Against Thee only have we sinned; have mercy on us.

Vespers, Tone  3

Let us keep a spiritual fast: let us loose every bond; let us avoid the stumbling blocks of sin; let us absolve our brothers from their debts, that we too may be forgiven our transgressions. Then we shall be able to cry aloud to God: Let our prayer be set forth in Thy sight as incense, O Lord.

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