THEN the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
LET Jerusalem be glad, and keep the feast, all ye who love Sion. Today the age long bond of Adam’s sentence is broken, Paradise is opened to us, and the serpent confounded. For she whom he once trod down now is seen to have become the mother of the Creator. O the depth of riches, and the wisdom, and the knowledge of God! She who let death come into all flesh, the tool of sin, has become the first fruits of salvation for the whole world, through the Theotokos. For from her has been born an infant child who is God beyond perfection. Through this child-bearing, he gives his seal to virginity. Through swaddling bands, he looses the bands of sin. And through childhood, he heals Eve’s sorrowful birth-pangs. So let all Creation dance now, and skip for joy; for Christ came to call her back, and save our souls.
At Vespers for December 28. Source.
COME, Desire of Nations, come,
Fix in us thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the Serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness now efface,
Stamp thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Re-instate us in thy love.
Charles Wesley, “Hark! the herald angels sing”.
Andante for Clarinet and Orchestra
Alice Mary Smith (1839 – 1884)