A beloved Paschal hymn

This beautiful Theotokion (hymn to the Theotokos, the “God-bearer”) honours the ancient Orthodox tradition that an angel visited the Virgin Mary to inform her of her Son’s Resurrection before he appeared to the other women disciples at Christ’s tomb.

Here is a link to the choir of St Barnabas Orthodox Church singing the hymn at a 2010 wedding liturgy in Costa Mesa, California.

The angel cried to the Lady full of grace:
Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin!
Again, I say: rejoice! Your Son is risen
from His three days in the tomb.
With Himself He has raised all the dead.
Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people!
Shine, shine! Shine, O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shown on you.
Exult now, exult, and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection,
the Resurrection of your Son!

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