Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Feast of the Annunciation 2015

Today is the beginning of our salvation, and the manifestation of the mystery from the ages; the Son of God becometh the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaimeth grace. Wherefore, let us also cry out with him to the Mother of God: Rejoice, O full of grace! The Lord is with thee. (Troparion of the Annunciation)

The Annunciation, from the Trebizond Gospels (11th-century)
Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τὸ κεφάλαιον, καὶ τοῦ ἀπ' αἰῶνος μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις· ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱὸς τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καὶ Γαβριὴλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διὸ καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ, τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

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