Sunday, August 30, 2015

"You were made beautiful, O Virgin..."

The Most-holy Theotokos, holding her Precious Belt (source)
You were made beautiful*, O Virgin, by giving birth to the most-beautiful Word, and you were well-pleased to place within your beautiful house, the beautiful Belt, which you beautifully wore in life, O Theotokos, on your beautiful body.
 -From Ode V of the Second Canon for the Feast of the Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos
*Note: First and foremost, when the hymnographer speaks of "beauty", he is speaking of the great spiritual beauty and purity of the Theotokos.
Most-holy Theotokos, save us!

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