Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas Message from Ephraim the Syrian

As quoted by Pope Benedict in his Wednesday audience about a month ago:

The Lord came to her
To make himself a servant.
The Word came to her
To keep silence in her womb.
The lightning came to her
To not make any noise.

The shepherd came to her
And the Lamb is born, who humbly cries.
Because Mary’s womb
Has reversed the roles:
The One who created all things
Wasn’t born rich, but poor.

The Almighty came to her,
But he came humbly.
Splendor came to her,
But dressed in humble clothes.
The One who gives us all things
Met hunger.

The One who gives water to everone
Met thirst.
Naked and unclothed he came from her,
He who dresses all things with beauty.

“On the Nativity”
Ephraim the Syrian (306-373 CE)

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