“The Power of the hidden Father comes and in you will be clothed with a body”

The revelation went out from God to the pure one
by means of Gabriel, the learned one, who teaches fine sayings.

The man of fire was sent from God
that he might bring the message from the house of the Father to the glorious one.

From the heavenly legions, the spiritual one went forth,
who had been sent from God with a hidden mystery.

He met with the maiden, greeted her, and revealed the mystery,
as he had been commanded by God in the heavens above.

He bowed to the Virgin, the Mother of the King, and He spoke with her
in the speech of the country such as she was able to receive:

“Peace be with you, full of divine splendour!
Peace to you Mary, Mother of the Sun of Justice!

“Peace be upon you, castle of holy things and full of virtues,
harbour of mysteries and new ship full or riches.

“Blessed of women, peace be with you! Our Lord is with you;
you have conceived and in your virginity you have borne a son.”

Mary listened, and wonder seized her at the words of the Watcher;
the message was in her ears, and great trembling within her mind:

“My Lord, I am a virgin and how is it that you speak to me of conception?
Your tale is new, speak, explain what you are saying.

“Who has sought a harvest from the land without sowing it?;
Who has sought grapes on the vine without cultivating it?

“From a virgin who would expect birth without marital union?
Tell your tale which is babbling and concealed from the intellect.

“How will what you say come to pass, as you say it?
Either explain it to me or it will not be easy for me to consent.”

The Watcher said: “The Holy Spirit will come to you;
descending He dwells and sanctifies you in your virginity.

“He looses from you the curse of Eve and blesses you;
the Power of the hidden Father comes and in you will be clothed with a body.

“You are going to beget a Babe whose kingdom will have no end;
because He is a great King, the Son of the unsearchable God.”

St Jacob of Sarug

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2 Responses to “The Power of the hidden Father comes and in you will be clothed with a body”

  1. Robert Fortuin says:

    Beautiful words.

    Today marks the beginning of our salvation. Blessed Feast to all.

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  2. MJH says:

    Reblogged this on the pocket scroll and commented:
    Sorry this is a day late. Some of the beautiful theological poetry of Jacob of Serugh for the Annunciation.


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