On the Birth of Christ


Thoughts on the Birth of Christ from St. John Chrysostom --

"What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? 
For this wonder fills me with astonishment.
The Ancient of days has become an infant.
He Who sits upon the sublime and heavenly Throne, 
now lies in a manger.
And He Who cannot be touched, 
Who is simple, without complexity, and incorporeal, 
now lies subject to the hands of men.
He Who has broken the bonds of sinners,
is now bound by an infant’s bands.
But He has decreed that ignominy shall become honor, 
infamy be clothed with glory, 
and total humiliation the measure of His Goodness.
For this He assumed my body, 
that I may become capable of His Word. 
Taking my flesh, He gives me His spirit; 
and so He bestowing and I receiving, 
He prepares for me the treasure of Life. 
He takes my flesh, to sanctify me; 
He gives me His Spirit, that He may save me.”



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