The Irmoi of the Entry of the Theotokos

First Canon

Ode 1:  I shall open my mouth, and the Spirit will inspire it, and I shall utter the words of my song to the Queen and Mother: I shall be seen radiantly keeping feast and joyfully praising her entry.

Ode 3:  O Mother of God, thou living and plentiful fount, give strength to those united in spiritual fellowship, who sing hymns of praise to thee: and on the day of thy venerable entry vouchsafe unto them crowns of glory.

Ode 4:  Perceiving the unsearchable purpose of God concerning Thine incarnation from a Virgin, O Most High, the prophet Habakkuk cried: Glory to Thy power, O Lord.

Ode 5:  The whole world was amazed at thy venerable entry: for thou, O Virgin who hast not known wedlock, thyself a Temple most pure, hast gone within the Temple of God, bestowing peace upon all who sing thy praises.

Ode 6:  As we celebrate this sacred and solemn feast of the Mother of God, let us come, clapping our hands, O people of the Lord, and give glory to God who was born of her.

Ode 7:  The holy children bravely trampled upon the threatening fire, refusing to worship created things in place of the Creator, and they sang in joy: ‘Blessed art Thou and praised above all, O Lord God of our Fathers.’

Ode 8:  Hearken, O pure Virgin Maid: let Gabriel tell thee the counsel of the Most High that is ancient and true.  Make ready to receive God: for through thee the Incomprehensible comes to dwell with mortal men.  Therefore I cry rejoicing: O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.

Ode 9:  Let no profane hand touch the living Ark of God, but let the lips of the faithful, chanting unceasingly the words of the angel to the Theotokos, cry out with joy: Truly art thou high above all, O pure Virgin.


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