“Sing, O barren woman.”
“SING, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labour; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.
This passage is quoted by St Paul, Gal 4:21-31, in his proof from Scripture that Gentiles are children of Abraham through baptism and the Spirit.
“Children were born to thee by water and Spirit.”
At Matins on January 14. Source.
HE granteth power unto our rulers, and lifteth up the heads of his valiant ones, he is brought forth from a virgin, yet the Lord came to baptism; therefore let us cry out, ye faithful: There is none holy as our God, and there is none righteous besides thee, O Lord.*
* This refrain comes from the Song of Hannah (1 Kgs[1 Sam]2:1-10 LXX), which is the song of a barren woman who has been granted a child by God. It is one of the models for the Song of the Virgin Mary, the ‘Magnificat’.
BE glad O Church of Christ, who before wast barren, and today hath marvellously brought forth children by water and Spirit (Jn 3:3-5): for sons were born to thee, crying out in faith: There is none holy as our God, and there is none righteous except thou, O Lord.
IN a loud voice, the Forerunner crieth out in the wilderness: Make ready the ways of Christ, and finish* the straight paths of God, crying out in faith: There is none holy as our God, and there is none righteous except thou, O Lord.
*ἀπεργάσασθε is not the word used in the Septuagint or the Gospels, which is ποιεῖτε. It strengthens the idea of finishing a job, rounding it off, bringing it to completion. Compare Jesus’s words when he returns from fasting for forty days: “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mk 1:15).
“Make disciples of all nations.”
THEN Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The Song of the Virgin Mary.
MY soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Greater in honour than the cherubim, and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim, without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word. Truly the Theotokos, we magnify thee.
For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden. Refrain.
For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm, he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.