Joseph Was Seized With Wonder

JOSEPH was seized with wonder, seeing that which is beyond nature; yet in thy conception without seed, O Mother of God, with the eye of his heart he beheld the dew-shower upon the fleece, the bush not consumed in the burning, the budding rod of Aaron; and he that was mindful of thee and thy guardian, cried out to the priests: A virgin beareth, and after her bearing remaineth a virgin yet.

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Κατεπλάγη, Ἰωσήφ, τὸ ὑπὲρ φύσιν θεωρῶν, καὶ ἐλάμβανεν εἰς νοῦν, τὸν ἐπὶ πόκον ὑετόν, ἐν τῇ ἀσπόρῳ συλλήψει σου Θεοτόκε, βάτον ἐν πυρὶ ἀκατάφλεκτον, ῥάβδον Ἀαρὼν τὴν βλαστήσασαν, καὶ μαρτυρῶν ὁ μνήστωρ σου καὶ φύλαξ, τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν ἐκραύγαζε· Παρθένος τίκτει, καὶ μετὰ τόκον, πάλιν μένει Παρθένος.

Dismissal Hymn at Christmas. The hymn refers to the burning bush (Exod 3:2) and Aaron’s staff which brought forth buds (Num 17:1-10), and also to the dew upon Gideon’s fleece (Judg 6:37), where it is used as a divine proof of salvation:

AND Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.