Today the Virgin

John Tavener

Today the Virgin comes to the cave
To give birth to the Word eternal:
Rejoice, O World
With the Angels and the Shepherds
Give glory to the Child!
Alleluia!
Mary my wife, O Mary my wife!
What do I see?
I took you blameless before the Lord
From the priests of the Temple
What do I see?

Joseph the Bridegroom, O Joseph the Bridegroom!
Do not fear.
God in his mercy has come down to earth.
He takes flesh in my womb
For all the world to see.

Mary, my Bride, O Mary my Bride,
What do I see?
You, a virgin giving birth.
Strange mystery!

Joseph the Bridegroom. O Joseph the Bridegroom!
Do not fear.
God in his mercy has come down to earth.
He takes flesh in my womb
For all the world to see.

Warned by the Angel we believe
That Mary gives birth inexplicable
To the infant, Christ, our God.

Words: Mother Thekla

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John Tavener (1944-2013)

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