The Theotokeia - Sixth Part

English Midnight Praises - 2

St. Anthony Monastery, California


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You are the censer, made of pure gold, carrying the blessed, and live coal.

That is taken, from the altar, to purge the sins, and take away the iniquities.

Which is God the Word, who was incarnate of you, and offered Himself as incense, to God His Father.

Wherefore everyone, magnifies you, O my Lady the Mother of God, the ever-holy.

And we also pray, that we may win mercy, through your intercessions, with the Lover of Mankind.

Wherefore truly, I do not err, whenever I call you, the golden censer.

For therein, is offered, the chosen incense, before the Holiest.

Wherein God takes away, the sins of the people, through the burnt offerings, and the aroma of incense.

You too O Mary, have carried in your womb, the Invisible, Word of the Father.

He who offered Himself, as an acceptable sacrifice, upon the Cross, for the salvation of our race.

Wherefore we, magnify you befittingly, with prophetic, hymnology.

For they spoke of you, with great honor, O holy city, of the great King.

We entreat and pray, that we may win mercy, through your intercessions, with the Lover of Mankind.