Conception of the Theotokos by St. Anna

Although I celebrate the feast of my patron, St. Anna, on July 25th (the feast of her falling asleep) I joke that I take all the feast days I can get! Last night at Vespers I found the “Lord I call…” verses for the feast especially beautiful so I copied them below (courtesy OCA website).

Sts. Joachim and Anna

“Lord I Call…” verses from Vespers, tone 4
 

The
barren Anna leaped for joy when she conceived Mary the
Virgin,
who
in turn will conceive in the flesh
God
the Word.
From
the
fullness
of her joy, she
cried
out:
Rejoice
with me, all you tribes of
Israel,
for
I have conceived according to the will of
God
my
Savior.
He
has answered my prayer and
ended
my shame,
in
fulfillment of His promise, He will heal the
pains
of my heart,//
through
the pains of
child-bearing.”

 

He
who made waters gush
forth
from the rock,
permitted
your womb to carry the ever-Virgin
Mary
through
whom
our sal
vation
will come.
By
this, you were de
livered
from shame;
no
longer will you dwell on
earth
as
barren,
for
you will bear the earth bringing forth the
Tree
of Life.
According
to His will, He has delivered the human
race
from all shame,
by
taking on our human
form
and be
coming
Man,//
for
He is rich in
mercy.

 

Behold!
The promises of the
Prophets
are fulfilled!
The
holy mountain is
planted
in the womb.
The
divine
ladder
is set up, the great throne of the King is
ready.
The
place for the Lord’s
passage
is prepared.
The
dry bush, which the fire could not con
sume,
is
blossoming.
The
treasury of grace is an abundant flow of
blessing

which
heals the barrenness of
Anna,
//

whom
we
glorify
with faith.

Also, a post I wrote two years ago on this feast is here.

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