Sessional hymns after "God is the Lord":
Behold, at the almighty behest of the Lord God, in Anna’s holy womb the new heaven is fashioned, from which hath shone forth the bright-beaming Sun that doth never set, Who hath lightened all the world with rays of His Godhead in the tenderness of His exceeding compassion, the only Lover of mankind.
Of old, the Prophets’ choir clearly cried out beforehand and preached the Child of God and the immaculate Maiden, whom Anna conceived though she had been barren and bare no fruit. Now with joy of heart, let us the faithful all bless her as the only undefiled and all-blameless Maiden; for we have been saved through her.
O Adam, now be renewed; O Eve, do thou leap for joy; for earth that was barren and dried up hath now budded forth a mightily thriving fruit, which shall sprout the Wheat of Immortality for us, and hath done away all the reproach of the childless. Today let us rejoice and be glad, keeping the feast with them.
David, raise thy voice and cry: What is it God hath sworn to thee? What he swore to me, saith he, behold, He likewise hath fulfilled: for as the fruit of my loins, He bestowed the Virgin. From her, the Fashioner and the new Adam, Christ, hath been born a King to sit upon my throne; and as a king today He reigneth, Who hath a Kingdom unshakeable. The barren beareth the Theotokos, the nourisher of our Life.
Kontakion and Ikos:
Today the universe celebrateth the conception in Anna which is from God; for she hath given birth to her who gave birth to the Word in an ineffable manner.
Thou art He that once gave the great Isaac as a son to Sarah in deep old age by Thine overshadowing and Thy promise. Thou, O Almighty, art He that opened the barren womb of Hannah, the mother of Samuel Thy Prophet. And now do Thou look upon me, and accept my supplications, and fulfill mine entreaties, cried the chaste and barren Anna with lamentation; and the Benefactor hearkened unto her. Wherefore, with joy she conceived the Virgin that beyond words conceiveth the Word of God.
On December 9 in the Holy Orthodox Church we commemorate Saint Anna’s Conception of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Not like Eve dost thou bring forth children in sorrow,
For within thy womb thou bearest joy, O Anna.
On the ninth Anna conceived Mary, God’s Mother.
After many years of childlessness and fervent prayer, an angel of the Lord announced to Joachim and Anna that that they would be the parents of a daughter, the Virgin Mary, who would bring blessings to the whole human race. The Conception took place at Jerusalem. The Orthodox Church does not accept the teaching that the Mother of God was exempted from the consequences of ancestral sin (death, corruption, sin, etc.) at the moment of her conception by virtue of the future merits of her Son. Only Christ was born perfectly holy and sinless. The Holy Virgin was like everyone else in her mortality and in being subject to temptation, although she committed no personal sins. She was not a deified creature removed from the rest of humanity. If this were the case, she would not have been truly human, and the nature that Christ took from her would not have been truly human either. If Christ does not truly share our human nature, then the possibility of our salvation is in doubt.
Through the intercessions of Thy Most-holy Mother and Thy righteous ancestors, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us, and save us. Amen.
The Lord, being compassionate, lent His ear to the sighing of Anna the august and chaste, and He gave her the Virgin, her who alone knew not a man and who made the light to shine on all the world past all telling; as for famous and godly Joachim, when he saw this, he was amazed and exultant.
Now from a womb once barren, the Holy Wisdom of our God doth build Himself a divine house, the Theotokos Mariam; let us, the world’s generations, as is her due, call her blessed.
Anna, the worthy namesake of grace, as she was praying for a child, cried aloud to God, the Maker and Lord of all things: O Lord Sabaoth, Thou well knowest what reproach the childless bear; do Thou then Thyself dispel the great sorrow within my heart, and do Thou open wide the floodgates that bar my womb; her that hath no fruit, do Thou show forth as bearing fruit, that we might bring the child which shall be born as a gift to Thee, even while the blessing and praising and glorifying with one accord Thy tender compassion, whereby pardon and Great Mercy is granted to the world.
Anna the chaste was praying of old, and while entreating God with firm and undoubting faith, she heard the voice of an Angel that gave assurance to her, promising divine fulfillment of her prayers; the bodiless minister then declared to her openly: Thy supplication is come nigh and hath reached the Lord; put away thy tears; be not downcast nor sorrowful. For thou shalt truly be a fruitful olive tree putting forth a comely branch, even Mary, the Virgin who shall bear in the flesh Christ Jesus, the Flower, Who bestoweth His Great Mercy and peace upon the world.
Now doth the hallowed yoke-pair bring forth the godly heifer, whence shall come forth the Fatted Calf ineffably in a marvel; and He shall freely be slain truly for the whole world as a sacrifice. For which cause, with joyful hearts they both offer unceasing thanks in great compunction to the Master and God of all, and from this day forth they have all the world in their debt. Let us then call them blessed, and with faith, dance for godly joy on the all-hallowed conception of her that chastely was born of them: our God’s Virgin Mother, even her through whom Great Mercy is richly given forth.
Today the royal purple hath sprouted from the root of David, and the mystical flower of Jesse beginneth to bud, from which blossomed forth Christ our God, the Savior of our souls.
Is there any mention of an immaculate conception of Mary within this hymnody?