October 14, 2009

Protection of the Mother of God

Protection of the Theotokos, Troparion, Tone IV —

Overshadowed by thy coming, O Mother of God,/ we the right faithful people, cel­ebrate today with splendor,/ and gazing at thine all-precious image,/ we say with compunction:/ Cover us with thy precious omophorion,/ and deliver us from all evil,// entreating thy Son, Christ our God, that He save our souls.

Kontakion, Tone III "Today the Virgin" —

Today the Virgin standeth forth in the church,/ and with the choirs of the saints she invisibly prayeth to God for us./ Angels and hierarchs offer homage,/ and the apostles and prophets join chorus,// for for our sake the Theotokos entreateth the preeternal God.

Fr. Thomas Hopko on the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos

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