A Note to My Readers -
I've decided to remove my Sunday posts from the weekly cycle. Although I hope they've been of benefit to some of you, they are necessarily secondary to my regular work of sermon preparation each week. I've found that having that extra post to write simply added to the burden of my work. For those readers who would still like access to my weekly work in Scriptural exposition, I would ask them to access the podcasts of my sermons (available through a link in the sidebar), since that remains the primary form of my Bible teaching each week.

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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