Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Let the heaven above rejoice today..."

The Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple (source) (source)
Let the heaven above rejoice today, and let the clouds sprinkle forth gladness, at the utterly paradoxical and great deeds of our God, for behold, the Gate that is beheld in the East, who was born from a barren womb through promise, and offered to be the dwelling-place of God, today enters the Temple, as a spotless offering that is brought forth. Let David rejoice, plucking the lyre, for it is written, they shall be led to the King with the virgins behind her, her companions shall be brought in, within the tent of God, wherein is His mercy seat, to be raised to be the dwelling-place for Him Who was ineffably begotten of the Father before the ages, for the salvation of our souls.
-Idiomelon of the Litia for the Entrance of the Theotokos, First Tone, by George of Nikomedia.
Most-holy Theotokos, save us! Amen!

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