The Irmoi of the Entry of the Theotokos
Ode 1: I shall open my mouth, /
and the Spirit will inspire it, /
and I shall utter the words of my song to the Queen and Mother: /
I shall be seen radiantly keeping feast //
and joyfully praising her entry.
Ode 3: O Mother of God, thou living and plentiful fount, /
give strength to those united in spiritual fellowship, /
who sing hymns of praise to thee: /
and on the day of thy venerable entry //
vouchsafe unto them crowns of glory.
Ode 4: Perceiving the unsearchable purpose of God /
concerning Thine incarnation from a Virgin, O Most High, /
the prophet Habakkuk cried: //
Glory to Thy power, O Lord.
Ode 5: The whole world was amazed at thy venerable entry: /
for thou, O Virgin who hast not known wedlock, /
thyself a Temple most pure, /
hast gone within the Temple of God, //
bestowing peace upon all who sing thy praises.
Ode 6: As we celebrate this sacred and solemn feast of the Mother of God, /
let us come, clapping our hands, O people of the Lord, //
and give glory to God who was born of her.
Ode 7: The holy children bravely trampled upon the threatening fire, /
refusing to worship created things in place of the Creator, /
and they sang in joy: //
‘Blessed art Thou and praised above all, O Lord God of our Fathers.’
Ode 8: Hearken, O pure Virgin Maid: /
let Gabriel tell thee the counsel of the Most High that is ancient and true. /
Make ready to receive God: /
for through thee the Incomprehensible comes to dwell with mortal men. /
Therefore I cry rejoicing: //
O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord.
Ode 9: Let no profane hand touch the living Ark of God, /
but let the lips of the faithful, chanting unceasingly /
the words of the angel to the Theotokos, /
cry out with joy: //
Truly art thou high above all, O pure Virgin.