A Joyous Feast To All! The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.
Gabriel the Archangel was sent from heaven to announce to the Virgin the glad tidings of her conceiving; and coming to
Nazareth he pondered in amazement on this wonder. “O how shall He who dwelleth in the heights, Whom none can
comprehend, be born of a Virgin? How shall He Whose throne is heaven and Whose footstool is the earth be held in the
womb of a woman? He upon Whom the six-winged seraphim and the many-eyed cherubim cannot gaze has been pleased
at a single word to be made flesh of this His creature. It is the Word of God Who dwells within her. Why then do I stand
here, and not say to the Maiden: ‘Hail, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Hail, O pure Virgin; hail, Bride
unwedded. Hail, Mother of Life: blessed is the Fruit of thy womb.” (From the Vigil)