THIS IS THE DAY OF THE LORD!
THE PALACE OF THE LIGHT, THE SCROLL OF THE WORD OF LIFE TODAY COMES FORTH FROM THE WOMB!
THE GATE FACING THE EAST IS BORN.
SHE AWAITS THE ENTRY OF THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST!
SHE ALONE ADMITS CHRIST INTO THE UNIVERSE FOR THE SALVATION OF OUR SOULS.
The above hymn is taken from Matins for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos. The images of Mary as Theotokos are wonderful: Christ is the Light of the world, Mary becomes His throne. Christ is the Word of God, Mary is the scroll upon which the Word becomes visible. Mary is the gate of heaven and of the temple through which the high priest enters into the world. She is the unique Mother of God – through her alone does Christ come into His creation. Salvation for each of us comes into the world through the Virgin Mary, whose birth we celebrated today.