This traditional Orthodox hymn is tied with the Regina Coeli as my favorite Easter hymn. It references an Orthodox tradition in which the Angel of the Resurrection visits the Blessed Mother before meeting the other disciples at the tomb, thus making her (fittingly) the first person to hear the news of her Son’s resurrection. Beautiful! A blessed Easter season to all!
The angel cried to the Lady full of grace:
Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin!
Again, I say: rejoice! Your Son is risen
from His three days in the tomb.
With Himself He has raised all the dead.
Rejoice, rejoice, O ye people!
Shine, shine! Shine, O new Jerusalem!
The glory of the Lord has shown on you.
Exult now, exult, and be glad, O Zion!
Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection,
the Resurrection of your Son!