from St. Ephrem the Syrian

St. Ephrem the Syrian

Saint Ephrem the Syrian

A Nativity Hymn

(6) Your mother is a cause of wonder: the Lord entered into her

and became a servant; He who is the Word entered

– and became silent within her; thunder entered her

– and made no sounds; there entered the Shepherd of all,

and in her He became the Lamb, bleating as He comes forth.

Praise to You to whom all things are easy, for You are almighty

(7) Your mother’s womb has reversed the roles:

the Establisher of all entered into His richness,

but came forth poor; the Exalted one entered her,

but came forth meek; the Splendrous one entered her,

but came forth having put on a lowly hew.

Praise to You to whom all things are easy, for You are almighty

8. The Mighty one entered, and put on insecurity

from her womb; the Provisioner of all entered

– and experienced hunger; He who gives drink to all entered

– and experienced thirst: naked and stripped

there came forth from her He who clothes all!

Praise to You to whom all things are easy, for You are almighty

from “The Harp of the Spirit,” tr. Sebastian Brock. Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius, 1983. Hymn 11, pp. 35-36

“The Word became flesh” (John 1), putting on insecurity. Remaining the Almighty, the “All-abled,” as it were, He put on limits. These limits are a participation in the universal human condition. We all have abilities and we all have limits, weaknesses, disabilities. The Son of God not only has sympathy with us in these, He’s with us in them. “God became man, that man may become God. [divine]” (St. Athanasius the Great)

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