The Resurrectional Dismissal Theotokia


Tone 1:  When Gabriel announced to thee, “Rejoice!”, O Virgin, /

the Master of all became incarnate within thee, the holy tabernacle, at his cry, /

as the righteous David said. /

Thou wast shown to be more spacious than the heavens, /

having borne thy Creator.  /

Glory to Him Who made His abode within thee!  /

Glory to Him Who came forth from thee!  //

Glory to Him Who hath set us free by thy birthgiving.


Tone 2:  All of thy most glorious mysteries are beyond comprehension, O Theotokos; /

for, thy purity sealed and thy virginity intact, /

thou art known to be a true Mother, /

having given birth unto God.  //

Him do thou entreat, that our souls be saved.


Tone 3:  We hymn thee who hast mediated the salvation of our race, O Virgin Theotokos; /

for thy Son and our God, /

accepting suffering on the Cross in the flesh He had received of thee, /

hath delivered us from corruption, //

in that He is the Lover of mankind.


Tone 4: The mystery hidden from before the ages /
and unknown even to the angels, /
through thee, O Theotokos, hath been revealed to those on earth: /
God incarnate in unconfused union, /
Who willingly accepted the Cross for our sake /
and thereby raising up the first-formed man, //

hath saved our souls from death.


Tone 5:  Rejoice, impassible gate of the Lord!  /

Rejoice, rampart and protection of those who have recourse unto thee!  /

Rejoice, haven untouched by storms, /

thou that knowest not wedlock, /

who gavest birth in the flesh to thy Creator and God!  /

Fail not in thy supplications //

for those who hymn and venerate thy birthgiving!


Tone 6:  Gideon foretold thy conception, /

and David proclaimed thy birthgiving, O Theotokos; /

for as the dew descended upon the fleece, /

so did the Word descend into thy womb, /

and thou, O holy ground, /

without seed didst put forth Christ our God, /

the salvation of the world, //

O thou who art full of grace.


Tone 7:  As thou art the treasury of our resurrection, O all-hymned one, /

lead up from the pit and abyss of transgression those who trust in thee, /

for thou who gavest birth to our Salvation /

hast saved those who are subject to sin.  /

O thou who before giving birth wast Virgin, and during thy birthgiving wast virgin, //

thou remainest a Virgin even after giving birth.


Tone 8:  O Good One, Who for our sake wast born of the Virgin /

and, having endured crucifixion, cast down death by death, /

and as God revealed the resurrection: /

disdain not that which Thou hast fashioned with Thine own hand.  /

Show forth Thy love for mankind, O Merciful One; /

accept the Theotokos who gave Thee birth and prayeth for us; //

and save Thy despairing people, O our Savior!