And the Word Became Flesh


Revealing to you the pre-eternal counsel,

Gabriel came and stood before you, O Maiden,

and in greeting said:

“Rejoice, earth that has not been sown!

Rejoice, burning bush that remains unconsumed!

Rejoice, unsearchable depth!

Rejoice, bridge that leads to Heaven!

Rejoice, ladder raised on high that Jacob saw!

Rejoice, divine jar of manna!

Rejoice, deliverance from the curse!

Rejoice, restoration of Adam;

the Lord is with you!”

From the Vesperal Stichera of the Vigil of the Annunciation

About Fr. Stephen Freeman

Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present and the Glory to God podcast series.





2 responses to “And the Word Became Flesh”

  1. handmaidleah Avatar

    Father asked us to sing this tonight as people venerated the icon and received their blessing and bread. Her responses are so beautiful, I wish I had the music with me so I could write them here.
    Today is indeed the beginning of our Salvation!
    Rejoice O Unwedded Bride!
    A Blessed Feast Day to everyone!
    the handmaid,

  2. Steve Avatar

    Marvelous. Just marvelous!

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