"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

The beginning that changed everything

Author’s note: The Orthodox Church observes the Annunciation on 25 March. Gabriel appears to Mary, known to the Orthodox as the “Theotokos” meaning God-bearer. St Luke records the event in the first chapter of his Gospel.

Today is the prelude of universal joy; let us keep the forefeast in gladness. For, behold, Gabriel cometh with fear and wonder unto the Virgin, bringing her the good tidings: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee.

At the great Archangel’s voice, O Theotokos, the All-holy Spirit came upon thee and thou didst conceive Him that is one in essence and throne with God the Father, O Adam’s recovery.

Today marks the crowning of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery before all ages. For the Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace. Wherefore, we also cry out with him, “Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you.”

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