Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Saturday Synaxis

Blessed is He who became small without limit to make us great without limit! The Power that governs all dwelt in a small womb. While dwelling there, He was holding the reins of the universe. He dwelt in the vast wombs of creation, but they were too small to contain the greatness of the First-born. How indeed did the womb of Mary suffice for Him? He dwelt there because of His compassion, and since His nature is great, He was not limited in anything. Reconciling Peace, sent to the peoples! Gladdening Flesh, who came to the downcast! Powerful Leaven, conquering all in silence! Patient One, who has captured the creation little by little! Blessed is He who became small without limit to make us great without limit!
  
- Lines from Saint Ephrem the Syrian's 21st Hymn on the Nativity (4th cent. AD)

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