Exapostilarion of the 8th Gospel
hen Mary Magdalene beheld * inside the tomb two Angels, * she was struck with astonishment. * Not knowing it was Jesus * supposing He was the gardener, * “Sir,” she questioned Him, saying, * “where have you laid the body of * my Jesus?” Then He called her, and then she knew * that it was the Savior himself. And she heard, * “Touch me not. To my brothers tell * that I go to the Father.”
Damsel, you ineffably * gave birth unto the one of * the Trinity, in nature two, * and two in operation, * and one in His hypostasis. * Do therefore importune Him * always for those who faithfully * reverence you to deliver us from the foe’s * every plot against us your people. For now * we all for refuge run to you, * O Lady Theotokos.
Glory. Mode Pl. IV.
ot in vain were the tears of Mary warmly shed. Behold, she was deemed worthy of having angelic teachers and of laying eyes on You, O Jesus. But still her thinking was mundane as a weak woman that she was. And therefore she was sent away and not allowed to touch You, O Christ. But even so, she was sent as a herald unto Your disciples, and the good tidings did she speak to them, and she announced Your ascent to the Paternal inheritance. Along with her account us also worthy of Your appearance, Sovereign Master, O Lord.