Sunday, December 27, 2009

What Shall We Offer Thee, O Lord

What shall we offer Thee, O Christ,
Who for our sakes hast appeared on the earth as a man?
Every creature which Thou hast made offers Thee thanks.
The angels offer Thee a song;
The heavens, their star;
The wise men, their gifts;
The shepherds, their wonder;
The earth, its cave;
The wilderness; the manger;
And we offer Thee a virgin mother.
O Pre-eternal God, have mercy on us!

Τί σοι προσενέγκωμεν Χριστέ, ότι ώφθης επί γης ως άνθρωπος δι’ ημάς; έκαστον γαρ των υπό σού γενομένων κτισμάτων, την ευχαριστίαν σοι προσάγει· οι άγγελοι τον ύμνον, οι ουρανοί τον αστέρα, οι μάγοι τα δώρα, οι ποιμένες το θαύμα, η γη το σπήλαιον, η έρημος την φάτνην· ημείς δε μητέρα Παρθένον· ο προ αιώνων Θεός ελέησον ημάς.
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