THE HOLY FEMALE MARTYRS PELAGIA

March 25

From the Prologue

These three holy women suffered for the Lord. After imprisonment and sufferings both Pelagia and Theodosia were beheaded. St. Dula, who was a servant girl, suffered alone in the city of Nicomedia. These three white roses, watered by the blood of the martyrs, were transplanted by God into His heavenly garden.

HYMN OF PRAISE

THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

(The Theotokos)

O WHAT WONDERFUL NEWS: REJOICE, ALL-PURE ONE,

FOR US, YOU GAVE BIRTH TO

CHRIST!

O JOYFUL NEWS: REJOICE O VIRGIN,

RADIANT DOVE!

REJOICE O MARY, REJOICE, O ONE FULL OF GRACE,

YOU, THE GOLDEN GATE!

O BURNING BUSH, UNCONSUMED,

THE DAWN OF NEW SPLENDOR!

GABRIEL COMPOSES THE WORDS, AND HE HIMSELF REJOICES,

THE ANNUNCIATION HE PROCLAIMS!

PROCLAIMS THE ANNUNCIATION, ALL OF HEAVEN LISTENS,

YOUR SOUL TREMBLES!

IN THE TEMPLE YOU SERVED, TO GOD YOU CONSECRATED YOURSELF,

YOU BECAME THE TEMPLE!

REJOICE, O PURE ONE, HEAVENLY BRIDE,

YOU ARE THE ROYAL THRONE!

REJOICE, O HUMBLE ONE, TO THE HUMBLE ONE, YOU

WILL GIVE BIRTH,

AND REGENERATE THE WORLD!

REJOICE, O OBEDIENT ONE, GOD HEARD YOU

AND CROWNED YOU WITH GLORY!

REJOICE, O TEARFUL ONE, BY TEARS SOFTENED,

BY THE SPIRIT GLISTENING!

REJOICE, O POOR ONE, BUT THE WEALTHIEST ONE

AND BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN!

FOR US, PLEAD JOY, FROM CHRIST YOUR SON,

O VIRGIN, ALL-PURE ONE!





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