- Rejoice, ladder set up from earth to
Heaven, on which the Lord came down to us and returned to heaven again, as seen
in the vision of the great Patriarch Jacob!
-Rejoice, miraculous bush where
the angel of the Lord appeared in flames of fire, where the flame burned without
consuming, as Moses realized, who alone saw God face to face! - Rejoice, shining golden lamp
radiating light, from which the inaccessible light of God has shone out on
those in darkness and the shadow of death, according to the inspired Zechariah! - Rejoice, “light cloud where the
Lord dwells,” according to Isaiah, who spoke the most sacred things! - Rejoice, locked gate, through
which the Lord God of Israel comes in and out, according to Ezekiel, who gazed
on God! - Rejoice, unquarried
mountain-peak, higher than human hands, from which that rock was cut which
became the corner-stone, according to Daniel, that great teacher about God!
We rejoice as we celebrate Our Lady on this feast
as chosen dwelling place of the Lord Most High God. She gave her flesh to God,
so that God in Christ could make his dwelling place in our midst. Rejoice and
be glad. Prayer by Saint Theodore the Studite
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