O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Temple of the Lord Enters the Temple

November 21st
The Entrance into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary.

Today the Temple of the Lord enters into the Temple, The Perfect Dwelling-Place of God in the flesh enters into the Dwelling-Place of God in stone. Let us pray to her and hymn her that we too might be Temples of the Lord in the flesh in the Divine Mystery of the Eucharist, the union of Christ and His Bride in the flesh.

Troparion, tone 4: Today is the prelude of God's good-will and the prophecy of the salvation of men. The Virgin appears openly in the temple of God and foretells Christ to all. So let us cry to her with loud voices: Rejoice, thou who art the fulfillment of the Creator's providence.

Konlakion, tone 4: The most pure Temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasury of the glory of God, today enters into the house of the Lord, bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. And the Angels of God sing of her: This is the heavenly tabernacle.