Joy of the angels, glory of the Apostles, seal of the Prophets

THOU didst flower as the joy of the divine angels, O Maiden, as the glory of the Apostles, the confirming seal of the Prophets, the Protectress and saving guide of faithful men, wherefore we hold thee in veneration, O Virgin.


WHEN thou sawest the one to whom thou gavest birth hang upon a tree, thou wast found crying out in loud lament, “O my child, for whom I long so dearly, where now is thy beauty clothed in light, thou who hast made beautiful the race of men?”

At Vespers, for October 22.


An icon of the Panagia Theotokos, in the Ekatontapyliani church on Paros.

“She opened to us the unspeakable abyss of God's love for us. Through her, men are the companions of angels, and we, who were in dishonour, are made the children of God.” An icon of the Panagia Theotokos, in the Ekatontapyliani church on Paros.


Joy of Angels

LIKEWISE, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Lk 15:10

BORN from you, Emmanuel appeared framing laws of true religion and teaching repentance. Most holy Lady now implore him to open for me gates of righteousness and to save me as I cry out: Priests bless, people highly exalt him to all the ages.

Joseph the Hymnographer, Canon for the Prophet Elias (tr. Archim. Ephrem Lash)

COME, let us who clap hands in the dance praise in songs the choirs of the bodiless powers, for they are divine ministers. Without ceasing they intercede for our salvation, and rejoice together at our repentance.

Synaxis of the Archangels and the Bodiless Powers


Glory of Apostles

GOD forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Gal 6:14

AS the heavens declare it, according to the prophet, so do ye declare the glory of God, O godly Disciples: publicly ye make plain his divine incarnation and his sufferings, through which all we have been redeemed out of passions, out of death, and out of corruption.

Thursday Matins, Tone 7

WHO was the instrument of these infinite benefits exceeding all mind and comprehension, if not the Mother ever Virgin who bore Thee? … She opened to us the unspeakable abyss of God’s love for us. Through her the old enmity against the Creator is destroyed. Through her our reconciliation with Him is strengthened, peace and grace are given to us, men are the companions of angels, and we, who were in dishonour, are made the children of God.

St John Damascene, Sermon II On the Dormition (tr. Mary Allies)


Seal of Prophets

NOW all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Mt 1:22-23, Is 7:14

THE speech and dark words of the prophets broke the dawn of thy taking flesh from a Virgin, O Christ, the splendour of thy shining, coming forth as a light for the nations (e.g. Is 49:6). And the deep calleth unto thee with joy: O thou that lovest mankind, glory be to thy power.

Feast of the Dormition

THE bush that foreshadowed thee upon Sinai (Ex 3:2), O Virgin, was not consumed, though fire came upon it: for beyond understanding, thou a Virgin gavest birth, and a Virgin thou remainedst, O Virgin Mother.

Sunday Matins, Tone 5


Protectress and Guide of the Faithful

WHEN Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

Jn 19:26-27

Translations from the liturgy are my own amateur translations.


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