FESTAL HYMN TO THE THEOTOKOS
- A hymn in honor of the Theotokos sung at the Divine Liturgy in place of "It is truly" on the twelve great feasts and certain other feasts. Usually the ninth heirmos of the festal kanon is used for this purpose. The Liturgy of St. Basil the Great has its own special Festal Hymn to the Theotokos, "All creation rejoices in You."