It is truly meet (Ἄξιον ἐστιν)


IT IS truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos [see below];
ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the cherubim,
and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim.
Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify thee.

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Достойно есть, яко воистинну,
блажити Тя, Богородицу,
присноблаженную и пренепорочную,
и Матерь Бога нашего.
Честнѣйшую Херувимъ
и славнѣйшую безъ сравненія Серафимъ,
безъ истлѣнія Бога Слова рождшую,
сущую Богородицу Тя величаемъ.

Ἄξιον ἐστιν ὡς ἀληθῶς, μακαρίζειν σὲ τὴν Θεοτόκον,
τὴν ἀειμακάριστον καὶ παναμώμητον, καὶ μητέρα τοῦ Θεοῦ ἠμῶν.
Τὴν τιμιωτέραν τῶν Χερουβείμ,
καὶ ἐνδοξοτέραν ἀσυγκρίτως τῶν Σεραφείμ,
τὴν ἀδιαφθόρως Θεὸν Λόγον τεκοῦσαν,
τὴν ὄντως Θεοτόκον σὲ μεγαλύνομεν.

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*Theotokos (Θεοτόκος ) means “Birthgiver of God”.

The Virgin Mary is the Theotokos, because Jesus is the incarnate Son of God – Mary (so our liturgy tells us) bore in her round womb God, though He is wider than the heavens; He was born from her yet He has no beginning, He is from everlasting to everlasting. This is a profound and beautiful mystery which utterly escapes our comprehension.

This name “Theotokos” was officially recognised and approved at the Third Ecumenical Council, held in Ephesus in AD 431, and again at the Fourth Ecumenical Council, held at Chalcedon in AD 451.