O God above the aeons, who alone art the true light of men, illumine us with thy divine light that we may know the path we ought to tread; and because our mortal selves cannot follow thy light worthily, send us thy messengers, the holy angels, led by the glorious archangel the holy Gabriel, that following their lead we may attain to the desire of our souls; now and forevermore. Amen.
The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Prophet Malachi:
From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same My Name shall be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense shall be offered unto My Name and a pure offering. Behold I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me; and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts. But who may abide the day of His coming; and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fuller’s soap. And he shall sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord; and they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in the day that I make up My jewels.
The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Luke:
And in the sixth month the Angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the Virgin’s name was Mary. And the Angel came in unto her, and said: Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the Angel said unto her: fear not, Mary; for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end. The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that which is to be born of thee shall be called holy, the Son of God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.