About ‘Gabriel’s Message’

‘Gabriel’s Message’

GABRIEL’S MESSAGE is a blog by a single, forty-something layman of the Orthodox Church. (See What is Orthodoxy? by Protopresbyter George Metallinos.)

I’m trying to learn more about the Orthodox tradition – the insights of contemporary Elders, the teachings of the ancient Church Fathers, and the prayers of the timeless liturgy. Long-term illness has given me a lot of unwelcome leisure.

Rather than keep what I find to myself, I thought I’d share it with anyone who may be interested.

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An icon of the Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary

An icon of the Annunciation by the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary

THE angel came in unto her, and said,

HAIL, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said unto her,

FEAR not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;

and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Luke 1:28-33

See also: The Angel Gabriel | What was Gabriel’s message?

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I BEG Thee, my Jesus, my Love that is sweetest!
My Father and Savior, O sweetest pure eros!

My God and Creator and the All-holy Spirit,
O Trinity Holy in a heavenly Oneness!

O life of my soul and my heart’s delectation,
My intellect’s brightness, O Love that is perfect!

O fountain of Love and my hope and my faith,
Teach me how I must seek Thee in order to find Thee.

Yes, my Love that is sweetest, my Jesus and Savior;
Just tell me the way, for I want nothing else.

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I DESIRE to find Thee and to fall at Thy feet
And to kiss with much sweetness Thy wounds and the nails;

To weep without ceasing out of pain that is heartfelt,
And wash Thy divine feet as Mary once did.

And let not any powers or dominions detach me,
Nor Belial the rival with his unholy angels,

Nor temporal pleasures of this age which is passing,
Nor all of the world with its fleeting enjoyments.

But just as I am now, come take my poor soul there
However Thou knowest, and Thy feet shall I wash then.

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I YEARN to behold Thee and worship forever
My God and Creator, my Love and my Savior,

Together with all of the Righteous and Prophets,
Apostles and Martyrs, with the Monks and Saved Women,

And all hosts of the heavens: Archangels and Angels,
With the Cherubim, Seraphim, Thrones, and the Powers,

And our sweetest true Mother Panagia the Virgin,
The Lady of all, our most pure Theotokos.

Amen.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast (+1959). In “Monastic Wisdom”, available at Skete.com

18 thoughts on “About ‘Gabriel’s Message’

  1. Looks like a wonderful site! I am looking forward to checking it out more. Thanks for adding my site – “Sowing Seeds of Orthodoxy.” It was “The Burning Bush” who showed me that I could set up my site as I did. Thanks Moses. Herman Art

  2. Thanks indeed for your kind comment. I was very glad to find your blog, and only too pleased to add it to the list.

  3. Thank you. I’m delighted that you’ve found something helpful here. I’ll keep looking for more!

  4. I’ve just discovered your site and will be spending some more time hunting through it. It looks wonderful! I appreciate the pro-life information and resources.

  5. Good Morning. I wanted to share that as I checked my mobile phone this morning your site was on it. I hadn’t searched for it, it was just there. It is a wonderful site and a blessing to me and I hope to share it with others.
    Penelope

  6. Hello! I was raised Roman Catholic, but am very drawn to Orthodox Christianity, especially after my tours of Romania, Northern Greece, and parts of Russia and Ukraine. I face a bewildering network of source material — where do “beginners” get some guidance? Thanks in advance!

  7. Hello ZurichMike. Thanks for commenting.

    I think most of us converts begin with Bishop Kallistos’s books, “The Orthodox Way”
    (Google Books preview) and “The Orthodox Church”
    (Google Books preview). Bishop Kallistos is also on YouTube quite a lot.

    I have been profoundly affected by a video interview with Elder Thaddaeus of Vitovnica, on the Prayer of the Heart, which you can find (along with some others)
    here on this blog.

    Fr Lev Gillet wrote a short and very readable treatise on the Jesus Prayer which you can read online at Myriobiblios. I also like his “Jesus: Dialogue With The Saviour” (extract here on GM), which is simple and deeply touching, but I can’t find it online, unfortunately.

    Mystagogy is one of the best blogs in English, also Pravmir and Pravoslavie. There’s OrthodoxWiki for looking things up.

    Ancient Faith Radio has podcasts and continuous music. Anastasis has a lot of the liturgy for the year translated into English.

    As a Roman Catholic, you might also find the blog Enlarging the Heart helpful. The author is an Orthodox-friendly RC, who posts readings from the Fathers.

    I could go on and on, of course! Let me know if I can be of any more help.

  8. Wow! Thank you for all of this. I had read Kallistos’s books a few years ago, and have an Orthodox New Testatment and Life of the Prophets — the footnotes and explanatory material of the Church Fathers are amazing. I will plough through the other items you have linked — very kind of you to take the time to do so.

    Kind regards,

    Michael

  9. Thank you very much for telling me who made this lovely icon!

    I have added a credit, and clicking on the icon now opens your Facebook page.

  10. LOVE your site! Thank you for your devoted effort. Very well done. The different posted versions of “Oh virgin Pure” are marvelous and deeply moving (the Greek version captivates me the most). But I’m disappointed that I haven’t been able to find the lyrics in English – that match the wonderful English version you posted. The lyrics you have posted don’t match it and neither does the sheet music from my Church – Holy Ascension, in Charleston, SC. Are you in Britain btw? In any case, if you can help locate the matching lyrics I’d be thrilled. Our Choir master tells me there are many versions based on different translations. The one you posted has more and richer content. It’s so beautiful!

  11. Thank you so much for your very kind comment! Agni Parthene is magnetic, isn’t it? The lyrics I posted under the Simonopetra video should more or less fit with the basic melody, and if they seem suitable you are very welcome to use them in your church, either as they stand, or modified as your choirmaster sees fit. I don’t know of any others, unfortunately; I do very much prefer the King James style of English myself, which is why I tried to make a translation of my own.

    Yes, I am in the UK. I’ve never visited the US, sadly, but I do know that Charleston SC is a lovely city with some wonderfully elegant buildings.

  12. Dear Gabriel’s Message,

    All glory to God.

    I believe you are confusing me with a “Nicholas” who has also posted in this thread. I am “Nicholas Papas” and am identified as such.

    Thank you, by the way, for the attribution/link you’ve given to my work.

    God bless, Nick

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