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Friday, January 4, 2008

Theodotus, bishop of Ancyra (d. 445)

Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you!

Hail, O longed-for object of our delight!

Hail, O source of the Church's rejoicing!

Hail, O name redolent of fragrance!

Hail, O countenance radiant with God and aglow with beauty!

Hail, O repository of everything revered!

Hail, O soft fleece, health-giving and spiritual!

Hail, O fairest mother of dawning light!

Hail, O unblemished mother of holiness!

Hail, O gushing spring of living water!

Hail, O bright new mother, shaper of the new birth!

Hail, O mother inexplicable and full of mystery!

Hail, O alabaster vase of the ointment of sanctification!

Hail, you who show the value of virginity!

Hail, O little space that held within it Him whom the world cannot contain!