Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!

Imagine, if you can, how great the sorrow of the Mother of God must have been. To see her only son die on a cross and to know that her people had just killed their God. To know that He had to suffer in complete innocence all for the sake of this world. The sorrow she bore was too great for us to fathom.

But because she bore such great sorrow, imagine how much greater her joy must have been upon hearing these words:

The angel cried to the Lady full of grace:
Rejoice, rejoice, O Pure Virgin! 
Again I say rejoice!
Your Son is risen from His three days in tomb.
With Himself He has raised all the dead.
Rejoice! Rejoice, O ye people!

Shine! Shine! O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shone on you.
Exult now, exult and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos in the resurrection of your Son! 

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