By St. Nektarios of Aegina
To the Holy Mother of God
Rejoice! glory of monastic and the splendor of the righteous.
Rejoice! wall, the foundation and the beauty of the virgins.
Rejoice! safe guide of those who travel by sea.
Rejoice! O most holy, peace of those who are under attack.
Rejoice! only powerful consolation of those who mourn.
Rejoice! foundation and salvation of those who are shaken.
Rejoice! only safe support of those who stand.
Rejoice! safe road of those who travel by land.
Rejoice! O Theotokos, the calmness of those under distress.
Rejoice! joy, the delight and the maiden of those afflicted.
Source: A Prayer to the Holy Mother of God, Prayer to the Incorruptible Maiden and A Prayer to the Immaculate Virgin, where edited and translated from the Greek by Nikolaos S. Hatzinikolaou, Holy Cross Orthodox Press, Brookline, Massachusetts, reprint 2002
Apolytikion The Protection of Our Most Holy Lady in the First Tone
O Virgin, we extol the great grace of thy Protection, which thou didst spread out like a bright cloud beyond all understanding; for thou dost invisibly protect thy people from the foe’s every assault. Since we have thee as our shelter and certain help, we cry to thee with our whole soul: Glory to thy great deeds, O most pure Maid. Glory to thy shelter most divine. Glory to thy care and providence for us, O spotless one.