Annunciation of the Lord

Coptic Egyptian icon of the Annunciation. stanthonycocpa.org

Today is the delayed Feast of the Annunciation. To honor Our Lady, I will share a poem I wrote a few years ago. I titled it by the Aramaic word for mother, Imma. Below the poem is an Eastern Hymn, O Virgin Pure. May you be filled with the joy of God her Savior this day.

O Imma

O rejoice! you who gave Eternity birth
O rejoice! Ark fashioned in virgin earth
O rejoice! All-awash in mercy’s tide
freely flowing from the open Side
of a timeless Future crashing in
to stay the hand of Adam’s sin.

Your womb, O Chalice most pure,
now bears for us our heavenly Cure:
Heaven come down, the Lover of Man
has made you Bearer of His saving plan.

Plead for us this day, death’s hour, always
to the deathless One, the Ancient of days
whom you came to know so dear, so near,
kissing His face, sweeping His needful tear.

Look now on Him who bowed down low
to visit us with weal, not woe,
and wrap us in garments of eternal light
to put death’s dread darkness to flight.

O Earth’s Shrine of God Above,
O Graced Giver of the God of love,
O Seat of Wisdom who first taught
the Hearer of prayer to pray as He ought:
to you we raise our hymn of joy,
Rejoice! O Woman without alloy
for today, in you, all creation God has saved;
in you, O Word-in-Flesh engraved. Amen.

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O Virgin Pure:

O virgin pure, immaculate: O lady Theotokos
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O fleece bedewed with every grace, O virgin, queen and mother
O rejoice, bride unwedded
More radiant than the rays of sun and higher than the heavens
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O joy of virgins choruses superior to angels
O rejoice, bride unwedded
More bright than the firmament and purer than the sun’s light
O rejoice, bride unwedded
More holy than the multitude of all the heav’nly armies
O rejoice, bride unwedded

O ever-virgin Mary, of all the world, the Lady
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O bride all-pure, immaculate: O lady Panagia
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O Mary bride and queen of all, the cause of our rejoicing
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O humble maiden, gracious queen, supremely holy Mother
O rejoice, bride unwedded
More honored than the Cherubim, beyond compare more glorious
O rejoice, bride unwedded
Beyond bodiless Seraphim, transcending the angelic thrones
O rejoice, bride unwedded

Rejoice, the song of Cherubim; Rejoice, the hymn of angels
O rejoice, bride unwedded
Rejoice, the ode of Seraphim; the joy of the archangels
O rejoice, bride unwedded
Rejoice, O peace and happiness and haven of salvation
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O sacred chamber of the Word; the bud of incorruption
O rejoice, bride unwedded
Rejoice delightful Paradise of blessed life eternal
O rejoice, bride unwedded
Rejoice, O sacred tree of life and font of immortality
O rejoice, bride unwedded

I supplicate you, Lady now, I fervently entreat you
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O queen of all I earnestly implore and seek your favor
O rejoice, bride unwedded
O gracious maiden spotless one, O lady Panagia
O rejoice, bride unwedded
I call upon you ardently: O holy, hallowed temple
O rejoice, bride unwedded
Assist me and deliver me protect me from the enemy
O rejoice, bride unwedded
And make me an inheritor of blessed life eternal
O rejoice, bride unwedded

One comment on “Annunciation of the Lord

  1. Amanda says:

    WOW! Speechless…
    (shared it on Facebook, I hope you don’t mind=)

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