Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, the haven and protection of my impoverished soul, my sweet hope of salvation! Rejoice, you who from the angel received the joy of the good news, that God the Word was to take flesh of you! Rejoice, you who bore the Creator of all within your womb! Rejoice, you who gave birth to God in the flesh, the Savior of the world! Rejoice, you who preserved virginity uncorrupted in childbirth! Rejoice, you who received gifts from the magi and beheld their worship of Him Who was born of you and heard the shepherds’ most glorious words concerning Him and laid all these things up in your heart! Rejoice, you who joyfully found the child Jesus, your Son and God, in the Temple among the teachers of the Law! Rejoice, you who bore the terrible pain of anguish at the Cross, crucifixion and death of your Son and God! Rejoice, you who after such trials were radiantly gladdened by the resurrection of sweetest Jesus on the third day! Rejoice, you who beheld the ascension of your Son and God in heavenly glory! Rejoice, you who together with the disciples of the Lord received from Him the Holy Spirit, which was sent down on the upper room in the form of fiery tongues! Rejoice, you who lived like an angel on earth! Rejoice, you who surpassed in purity and holiness all the angelic orders and all the choirs of the saints! Rejoice, you who are magnified with glory by the coming to you of your Son and God! Rejoice, you who entrusted your soul into His holy hands! Rejoice, you who gloriously were taken up bodily into heaven! Rejoice, you who appeared to the God-beholding apostles on the third day after your repose! Rejoice, you who are crowned in the heavens by the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit with the crown of the eternal kingdom! Rejoice, you who have been enthroned in glory near the throne of the Most Holy Trinity! Rejoice, you through whom God is reconciled with man! Rejoice, O Queen, ruling over the heavenly and earthly things! Rejoice, for nothing is impossible for your intercession! Rejoice, for all who flee to you are saved! Rejoice, for by you the grieving find consolation, the ailing healing, and the afflicted timely help! I pray to you then, O Lady full of grace, extinguish in me sinful sorrow and grant me the joy of salvation, consoling tears, constant compunction, true repentance and perfect correction. Do not despise me, O Lady, but mercifully receive these joyful cries offered to you by me, the poor one, and come to my aid at the time of my helplessness, in that terrible hour when my soul will be parted from my body. Come, then, I pray, to my aid and deliver me, for I am guilty in sin, from the eternal punishment, that I appear not a joy to demons and food for the fiery Hell. Yea, O my Lady, permit not my soul to see the terrible and fearsome threat and torment of the demons prepared for sinners, but go before me and save me, your servant, in that terrible hour, that I may glorify you forever, my only hope and the Intercessor of my salvation. Amen.
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