Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Preparation for the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Rejoice, the vesture of those
 stripped of confidence.

He has clothed me with a mantle of salvation... - Isaiah 61:10

Most Holy Mother of God, save us.

We who were left naked through beguilement * have worn, through your Maternity, the garment of * incorruptibility; * and we who were sitting in * the darkness of our errors now have contemplated the light, * O dwelling place * of light, holy Damsel. * And therefore we extol you in hymns unto the ages.

Most Holy Mother of God, save us.

New creation was shown by the Creator in showing himself unto us whom He created, sprouting up from an unseeded womb, while pre­serving it just as it was, inviolate, so that beholding the miracle we might extol her, exclaiming:

Rejoice, O flower of incorruptness.
Rejoice, O crown of laurel for continence.
Rejoice, for in you resurrection is typified.
Rejoice, for angelical life you exemplified.
Rejoice, fertile tree with luscious fruit, by which believers are sustained.
Rejoice, foliaged tree beneath which are many sheltered in its shade.
Rejoice, for you were parturient with the Guide for the errant.
Rejoice, for of the Freer of captives you are the parent.
Rejoice, who plead till the just Judge surrenders.
Rejoice, forgiveness for many offenders.
Rejoice, the vesture of those stripped of confidence.
Rejoice, the tender love that conquers every longing.
Rejoice, O Bride unwedded.*

And thou O Lord, have mercy on us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

*Adapted from the Akathist Hymn

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