“Accept back this one who passed her time well with us, whom you chose, and predestined, and sanctified”

And so the child of God then enters and stands among the horns of the altar, after both her begetters had given thanks and the priest was about to give a blessing.  Again her parents cry to the priest, “Receive the one who will receive the immaterial and incomprehensible fire; receive the one who will be designated as the receptacle of the Son and Word of the Father and only God; take the one who destroyed the reproach of our childlessness and sterility; usher into the sanctuary the one who will introduce us into our ancient inheritance of paradise; take charge of the one who, in her own birthgiving, will take charge of our own cowardice that is bringing in the power of death and the tyranny of Hades; embrace the one who is covering up our nature which was made naked in Eden; hold the hand of the one who will swaddle the One who stops our powerless and impulsive hand that has been spread out so very stubbornly; consecrate to God the one who has consecrated us, a divinely perfected being for the expectation of our hopes.”

“See, Lord, see!  Take the one whom you have given! Usher in the one whom you have provided! Receive the one whom you vouchsafed, who releases our childlessness! Condemning natural sterility through her, you released us, through her, from a most terrible perpetuity in this state. Accept back this one who passed her time well with us, whom you chose, and predestined, and sanctified; draw to yourself the one who is firmly planted, as one who has been planted firmly and who is enchanted by your fragrance, the one whom you selected as a lily from the thorns of our unworthiness; hold in your arms the one who is offered to you in a most healthy state! Behold, we are setting her before you and also offering up ourselves.”

St Germanos of Constantinople

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  1. O, Virgin Pure, Immaculate, rejoice O unwedded Bride

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