06 September 2015

The Rosary for the Orthodox - II

The First decade of the Holy Rosary is in honour of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel came to Blessed Mary, the Ever-Virgin, and, greeting her, offered her the chance to become the mother of her Creator. Her acceptance of this greeting is the beginning of our salvation. One traditional way of meditation on the mysteries is to add a verse of scripture.  In these posts I will be added a liturgical verse from the Byzantine Rite, to borrow from Ghostbusters, I will be "Crossing the Streams".

Another way to add to the meditation is to add a short phrase, called an embolism, to indicate the mystery after the words, "blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus..."  For example, in this mystery, you might say the Hail, Mary like this:

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, announced to thee by the Archangel Gabriel. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

I find this method very useful when I am walking and praying the Rosary, as on my way to work.

The introductory comment and the closing prayer on each post comes from The St Ambrose Prayerbook, available from Lancelot Andrewes Press.



The First Joyous Mystery:
The Annunciation

Let us contemplate, in this Mystery, how the Archangel Gabriel saluted our Blessed Lady with the title, Full of  Grace, and declared unto her the Incarnation of our Lord, God, and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Our Father Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen


In the sixth month the archangel was sent to the pure Virgin. And as he opened his mouth and said to her: Rejoice! And he announced to her that from her will come the Redeemer. And having accepted the greeting with faith, she conceived God.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Having flown down from the vaults of Heaven to Nazareth, Gabriel cried the greeting unto Mary the Virgin: Rejoice, O all-pure Maid; thou shalt bring forth a Son Who existed ere Adam was: He is the Maker of all, and the Ransomer of all them that cry Rejoice to thee.
Hail, Mary, &c.

From Heaven Gabriel brought the good tidings full of joy unto the holy Virgin, crying out Rejoice to her. In thy womb shalt thou both conceive and contain Him Whom all things cannot contain, and shalt be seen as the Mother of Him that shone from the Father ere the morning star.
Hail, Mary, &c.

The Theotokos, being the living tabernacle of God, shall never be touched by an unclean hand. But the lips of believers shall sing unto her ceaselessly with the voice of angels, crying joyfully:
Hail, Mary, &c.

How dost thou overflow with milk, O undefiled Virgin? Verily, thou hast appeared as a strange manifestation, unutterable by human tongue, transcending nature and the bounds of the laws of birth.
Hail, Mary, &c.

The God-inspired Scriptures, O Mother of the Highest, have spoken of thee mystically; for Jacob, when he saw the ladder of old, which was a foresign of thee, cried: This is the ascent of God.
Hail, Mary, &c.

The bush and the fire did reveal to God-beholding Moses a wonderful miracle. And seeking the fulfillment thereof with the passing of time, he cried, saying, I shall behold her who is a spotless Maiden, who shall be addressed with rejoicing as the Theotokos.
Hail, Mary, &c.

Thou hast transcended the bounds of nature, O Maiden, having conceived God in an ineffable manner; for being of a perishable nature, thou was exempted in thy birth-giving from that which pertaineth to mothers. Wherefore, as is meet we say:
Hail, Mary, &c.

Now the beginningless Father's own co-eternal Word, in His extreme compassion and immeasurable mercy, parting not from things above, cometh below, to take pity on us who fell; and having taken a form that is not His own, He assumeth Adam's poverty.
Hail, Mary, &c.

Behold, now is our recall made manifest; for God is united with mankind in an ineffable manner. And at the voice of the archangel error hath vanished; for the Virgin hath received joy and earthly things have become heavenly, and the world is free from the ancient curse.
Hail, Mary, &c.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins, through the most high Mystery of the Incarnation of thy beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, wherein our salvation was begun, obtain for us, through thy most holy intercession, light to understand the greatness of the benefit He hath bestowed upon us, in vouchsafing to become our Brother, and in giving thee, His own beloved Mother, to be our Mother also.  Amen.