- Lines from Saint Ephrem the Syrian's 21st Hymn on the Nativity (4th cent. AD)
Saturday, December 03, 2016
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!