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Romanos Melodos : REJOICE O BRIDE UNMARRIED

from the Akathist Hymn, * Excerpts, Translated by Elpenor 
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Knowledge unknown seeking to know, the virgin cried to the minister: from pure womb a son how comes to be born? Tell me. To whom said he in fear yet crying thus:

Rejoice, of will ineffable O seer.
Rejoice, of those praying in silence O trust.
Rejoice, of Christ's miracles O you the preface.
Rejoice, of his commandments O pinnacle.
Rejoice, O ladder in heaven, by which descended the God.
Rejoice, O bridge who carries the earthly to heaven.
Rejoice, of angels much marveled O miracle.
Rejoice, of demons much dirged O trauma.
Rejoice, by whom the light was ineffably born.
Rejoice, by whom the how no one was taught.
Rejoice, of the wise men's knowledge O beyond.
Rejoice, O you who the mind of the faithful enlightens.


Rejoice, O bride unmarried

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Γνῶσιν ἄγνωστον γνῶναι ἡ παρθένος ζητοῦσα ἐβόησε πρὸς τὸν λειτουργοῦντα·

Ἐκ λαγόνων ἁγνῶν υἱὸν πῶς ἐστὶ τεχθῆναι δυνατόν; λέξον μοι. πρὸς ἣν ἐκεῖνος ἔφησεν ἐν φόβῳ πρὶν κραυγάζων οὕτω·

Χαῖρε͵ βουλῆς ἀπορρήτου μύστις͵
χαῖρε͵ σιγῇ δεομένων πίστις·
χαῖρε͵ τῶν θαυμάτων Χριστοῦ τὸ προοίμιον͵
χαῖρε͵ τῶν δογμάτων αὐτοῦ τὸ κεφάλαιον·
χαῖρε͵ κλῖμαξ ἐπουράνιε͵ δι΄ ἧς κατέβη ὁ θεός·
χαῖρε͵ γέφυρα μετάγουσα τοὺς ἐκ γῆς πρὸς οὐρανόν·
χαῖρε͵ τὸ τῶν ἀγγέλων πολυθρύλητον θαῦμα·
χαῖρε͵ τὸ τῶν δαιμόνων πολυθρήνητον τραῦμα·
χαῖρε͵ τὸ φῶς ἀρρήτως γεννήσασα·
χαῖρε͵ τὸ πῶς μηδένα διδάξασα·
χαῖρε͵ σοφῶν ὑπερβαίνουσα γνῶσιν·
χαῖρε͵ πιστῶν καταυγάζουσα φρένας·


Χαῖρε͵ νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε

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