Pledge of joy

Apolytikion.

O GOD of our fathers, who ever dealest with us according to thy forbearance, remove not thy mercy from us, but at their prayers, govern our life in peace.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and for ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

From Vespers for today, the Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Source.

**

The iconostasis in the Church of the Hundred Doors (Ekatontapyliani) on the Greek island of Paros.

Entrance into the temple: the iconostasis in the Church of the Hundred Doors (Ekatontapyliani) on the Greek island of Paros.

**

Of the Forefeast. To the melody, ‘Seize us quickly’.

UNTO us today doth Anna offer a pledge of joy. Joyously fulfilling her vows, she who bore a fruit that is the remedy for grief, the one who alone of all is Ever-Virgin, bringeth her today as an offering into the Temple of the Lord, truly the Temple of God the Word, and his pure mother.

From Vespers for today, the Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Source.

SEIZE us quickly, before we are enslaved by the enemies that blaspheme thee and threaten us, O Christ our God; destroy by thy cross them that make war against us, let them know what is the strength of the Orthodox faith, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, thou only lover of mankind.

Source.

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Pledge of joy

  1. “SEIZE us quickly, before we are enslaved by the enemies that blaspheme thee and threaten us, O Christ our God” This prayer particularly resonates with my heart. Sense of immediacy, and the overturn of the intense situation. The sweet finale!

  2. Thank you! It is indeed a lovely photo. This church has been a favourite of mine for such a long time. It is dedicated to Mary.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s