One of a series of posts about the saints featured in the mural of poets and hymnographers of the Church.
Hannah, the mother of the prophet Samuel, is one of several women in the Bible who were barren and conceived because of a miraculous blessing from God.
In her story, told in the book of 1 Samuel (1 Kingdoms LXX), Hannah offers a prayer of praise that begins,
My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.
There is none holy like the Lord, for there is none besides You,
nor is there any rock like our God.
(1 Sam. 2:1-2)
These words and paraphrases of them are constant refrains in Orthodox hymns. We will hear these words echoed in another very famous canticle below.