The Katavasia of the Annunciation



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 wonders.


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 in thy divine glory vouchsafe unto them crowns of glory. 


Ode 4:  He who sitteth in glory upon the throne of the Godhead, Jesus the true God, is come in a swift cloud and with His sinless hands he hath saved those who cry: Glory to Thy power, O Christ.


Ode 5:  The whole world was amazed at thy divine glory: for thou, O Virgin who hast not known wedlock, hast held in thy womb the God of all and hast given birth to an eternal Son, who rewards with salvation all who sing thy praises.


Ode 6:  Prefiguring Thy three-day burial, the prophet Jonah cried out in the belly of the whale: ‘Deliver me from corruption, O Jesus, King and Lord of hosts.’


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, with joy cry out: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee.