The Katavasia 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 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: 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: The Offspring of the Theotokos /
saved the holy children in the furnace. /
He who was then prefigured hath since been born on earth, /
and he gathers all the creation to sing: /
O all ye works of the Lord, //
praise ye the Lord and exalt Him above all for ever.
Ode 9: Let every mortal born on earth, /
radiant with light, in spirit leap for joy; /
and let the host of the angelic powers /
celebrate and honor the holy feast of the Mother of God, /
and let them cry: //
Rejoice! Pure and blessed Ever-Virgin, who gavest birth to God.