Gabriel announces the glad tidings to God's chosen vessel and upon her acceptance, salvation came into the world, among men; "He who cannot be contained is contained in a womb; the Timeless enters time; and His conception is without seed, His emptying as past telling: So great is this mystery! Fashioned as a creature, when the angel tells the pure Virgin of her conception: 'Hail, thou who art full of grace: the Lord who has great mercy is with thee.' "
"Gabriel, leader of the powers above, flew down and greeted the Virgin, saying: 'Hail, thou pure chariot of the divinity: God has loved thee from eternity, and He has chosen thee to be His dwelling. As a servant of thy Master am I come to proclaim His coming. Thou shalt bring forth the Lord, yet still remain inviolate.'
Small Vespers of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos, (Tone 8)
'When God so wishes,' said the bodiless angel, the order of nature is overcome, and what is beyond man comes to pass. Believe that my sayings are true, O all-holy Lady, utterly without spot.' And she cried aloud, 'Let it be unto me according to thy word: and I shall bear Him that is without flesh, who shall borrow flesh from me, that through this mingling He may lead man up unto his ancient glory, for He alone has power so to do'
Great Vespers, (Tone 6)
"The Theotokos heard a voice she knew not, when the Archangel brought her the glad tidings of the Annunciation; and accepting the salutation with faith, she conceived Thee the pre-eternal God, who was pleased to become man ineffably, for the salvation of our souls.. " (Tone 4)
"Today is the crown of our salvation and the manifestation of the mystery that is from all eternity. The Son of God becomes Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel announces the good tiding of grace."
"Having conceived God in ways past understanding, O Maiden, thou hast escaped from the ordinances of nature. For though by nature moral, thou wast not subject to the established laws of motherhood. Therefore, as is meet, dost thou hear the salutation: 'Hail, thou who art full of grace: the Lord is with thee.' "
"Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice: for the Son who is co eternal with the Father, sharing His throne and like Him without beginning, in His compassion and merciful love for mankind has submitted Himself to emptying, according to the good pleasure and the counsel of the Father; and He has gone to dwell in a virgin's womb that was sanctified beforehand by the Spirit, O marvel! God is come among men;"(Tone 8)
Resource: The Festal Menaion translated by; Mother Mary and Kallistos Ware
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