Canon of Theophany. The Third Day
(Էակից հօր եւ հոգւոյն)
Translated by: V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
+ Equal to the divinity of the Father and the Spirit, O Son without origin. Without mother, first in priority, and with the Father forever.
+ Sent from the bosom of the Father, you were placed in a manger for unthinking [animals] and were revealed God the Word.
+ Christ, born in the city of David, the shepherds proclaim with the angels, and the Magi with the star.
+ You bore in your womb the Lord incarnate. Rejoice O unwed mother.
+ You bore incorruptibly in your womb the One who cannot be apprehended by anything that exists. Rejoice O unwed mother.
+ Bringing into existence the Word, the co-creator, you gave birth to him manifestly in the world. Rejoice O unwed mother.
+ Miracle working God, we extol you, who are seated upon the cherubic throne, O God of our fathers.
+ The One for whom the heavens do not suffice to contain your incontainable nature, you dwelled in the womb of the Virgin and were born inexplicably, O God of our fathers.
+ The One upon whose divinity the six-winged Seraphim do not dare to gaze; they saw you in the arms of the Virgin. Astounded, they praised you, O God of our fathers.
Praise the Lord and highly exalt him forever.
+ Christ God, who was ineffably born a king from a virgin, on account of whom the physical powers tremble. People, praise him and highly exalt him forever.
+ He was baptized in the Jordan and washed the universe of its sin; the voice of the Father and the appearance of the Holy Spirit bore witness to him. Priests, praise and further exalt him forever.
+ O Mary, Mother of God, and unwed holy mother, who are blessed among women, we praise you always, who are worthy. We magnify you.
+ Imperishable temple and bridal chamber of light, the Word of life became your groom and dwelled in you. We praise you always, who are worthy. We magnify you.
+ Living fire that burned in the bush, you bore harmlessly in your womb, and gave birth to the One who is God and man. We praise you always, who are worthy. We magnify you.
Hymn of Psalm 50
+ O Word, image of the Father and co-creator, today, for the salvation of the human race, out of love for mankind, you put on the form of a servant from the Virgin. By means of your all-saving advent, have mercy on us, O God.
+ Concealed with the Father and the Holy Spirit in unapproachable light, you rested on the Cherubic throne. Today you were wrapped in swaddling cloths and were placed in a manger for unthinking [animals] in your love for mankind.
+ O King of glory, you came for the salvation of the human race. In your inexplicable humility, restore today to eternal life my soul, which was condemned to death through sin, in your love for mankind.
Hymn of Psalms 148-150
+ Christ was born today in the cave of Bethlehem and the choirs of watchful angels on high stood terrified and astonished, for they saw God the Word born in a body.
+ New miracles took place today in the cave of Bethlehem. A virgin gave birth to God and man, her virginal womb remaining incorrupt, for they saw God the Word born in a body.
+ The star prophecied to the Magi to bring gifts to the divine One. And the shepherds sang with the angels, saying, "Glory to God in the highest," who sent God the Word for our salvation.
Hymn of Psalm 91
+ Habitation of the Father's Word who has no beginning, temple and bridal chamber, venue of the incontainable Light, we rightly magnify you in song, O Mother of God and virgin.
+ The One by whom all beings were created and brought to life became a babe without seed in your womb and the God of all assumed a body from you. We rightly magnify you in song, O Mother of God and virgin.
+ The One before whom the choirs of watchful angels on high trembled in astonishment you received as a babe and held in your arms. As his mother, you gave the One who created you your virginal holy milk to drink. We rightly magnify you in song, O Mother of God and virgin.