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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Day Late, the Oblivious Blogger Commemorates the Annunciation

To hear the hymn 'Άξιον εστίν', click here 
Scanning the web for images of the Annunciation,  I found none more modest and therefore engaging, than the masterpiece above, painted by Andrea del Sarto.

For articles on the Annunciation, click here for the Catholic Encyclopedia website, here for the Greek Orthodox Church website.

For information on the hymn 'Άξιον εστίν'', check out the Wikipedia article.

Άξιον εστίν ως αληθώς
μακαρίζειν σε την Θεοτόκον,
την αειμακάριστον και παναμώμητον
και μητέρα του Θεού ημών.
Την τιμιωτέραν των Χερουβείμ
και ενδοξοτέραν ασυγκρίτως των Σεραφείμ
την αδιαφθόρως Θεόν Λόγον τεκούσαν,
την όντως Θεοτόκον,
Σε μεγαλύνομεν.

It is truly right to bless thee, O Theotokos,
ever blessed, and most pure, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the cherubim,
and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim.
Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word.
True Theotokos, we magnify thee.