Christ is born. Glorify Him!
Another blog, Amo Ergo Sum, (created by Franklin Tait) has posted my favorite Nativity verses from my patron saint St. Ephrem the Syrian, one of the Church’s all-time greatest poets. For more on St. Ephrem the Syrian at the website where I found the icon, and for three stanzas of St. Ephrem’s Hymn on the Nativity, respectively, see the two website addresses listed below: http://marshmk.wordpress.com/2009/06/10/st-ephrem-the-syrian/ & http://www.thefrankblog.com/2008/12/st-ephrem-syrian-from-hymns-on-nativity.html
Here’s the stanza from the verses: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.
St. Ephrem the Syrian, pray for us.
Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, And the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One! Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with a star! Since for our sake the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!
St. Ephrem is commemorated on Jan.28 with St. Isaac the Syrian, who also has a good word for Christmas:
This Christmas night, peace was bestowed upon the whole world;
so let no one threaten.
This is the night of the Most Gentle One;
let no one be cruel.
This is the night of the Most Humble One;
let no one be proud.
Now is the day of joy;
let us not seek revenge.
Now is the day of goodwill;
let us not be mean.
In this day of peace let us not be conquered by anger.
(This quote was shared with me and all those on the Orthodox Peace Fellowship conversation list by Alex Patico.)