Blessed are you among women!

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation to Mary.

OUR dear, sweet Mother shows so much love. May you always have her name on your lips.
(Elder Joseph the Hesychast.)

An icon of the Annunciation to Mary. Sinai, 12th century.

An icon of the Annunciation to Mary. Sinai, 12th century.

I suppose this is a kind of Patronal Feast for this blog. See my About page for links to further pages about Gabriel and his message to Mary.

A PRINCE of the angels was sent from heaven,
to say to the Mother of God, ‘Hail!’ [Three times]

And as, at his bodiless voice, he saw you, Lord, embodied,
he was astounded and stood still,

crying out to her like this:

HAIL, you though whom joy will shine out
Hail, you through whom the curse will cease!

Hail, recalling of fallen Adam,
Hail, redemption of the tears of Eve!

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REJOICE, therefore, and dance for joy; rejoice, and tread upon the serpent’s head.

Rejoice, full of grace.

For the curse has come to an end; corruption is taken away; sadness has passed; happiness is flowering; the blessing ever foretold by the prophets of old has come to pass.

You are the one to whom the Holy Spirit referred, speaking through the mouth of Isaiah: ‘Behold, the Virgin shall conceive in her womb and bear a son’ (Isaiah 7:14).

You are that virgin.

Rejoice, therefore, O full of grace. You are pleasing to the Fashioner of all things; you are pleasing to the Maker; you are pleasing to the Creator; you are pleasing to Him who delights in the beauty of souls.

You have found a Spouse who will protect your virginity instead of corrupting it; you have found a Spouse who wants to become your Son because of His great love for men.

The Lord is with you!

He who is everywhere is in you; He is with you, and He comes from you, the Lord in heaven, the Most High in the abyss, the Creator of all, Creator above the cherubim, Charioteer above the seraphim, Son in the womb of the Father, Only-begotten in your womb, the Lord – He alone knows how – entirely everywhere and entirely in you.

Blessed are you among women!

Jacob of Serug (451-521),”Homily 1 on the Mother of God”. From Word From The Desert.

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HAIL, for you are a throne for the King,
Hail, for you carry the One who carries all!

Hail, star that makes visible the Sun,
Hail, womb of divine incarnation!

Hail, you through whom creation is renewed.
Hail, you through whom the Creator becomes a babe!

Hail, Bride without bridegroom!

From the Akathist Hymn.

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