“Your divine birth, O Lord, gave birth to all creatures…. Humanity gave birth to You in the body; and You gave birth to humanity in spirit…. Praise to You, who became a Child,to make all things new!” St. Ephrem the Syrian, Homily 3 on The Nativity.
“God is with thee, and with thee also is the perfect man in whom dwells the whole fullness of the Godhead. Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the fountain of the light that lightens all who believe upon Him! Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the rising of the rational Sun, and the undefiled flower of Life! Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the mead of sweet savour! Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the ever-blooming vine, that makes glad the souls of those who honour thee! Hail, thou that art highly favoured!—the soil that, all untilled, bears bounteous fruit: for thou hast brought forth in accordance with the law of nature indeed, as it goes with us, and by the set time of practice, and yet in a way beyond nature, or rather above nature, by reason that God the Word from above took His abode in thee, and formed the new Adam in thy holy womb, and inasmuch as the Holy Ghost gave the power of conception to the holy virgin; and the reality of His body was assumed from her body. And just as the pearl comes of the two natures, namely lightning and water, the occult signs of the sea; so also our Lord Jesus Christ proceeds, without fusion and without mutation, from the pure, and chaste, and undefiled, and holy Virgin Mary; perfect in divinity and perfect in humanity, in all things equal to the Father, and in all things consubstantial with us, apart from sin” St. Gregory the Wonderworker, Homily 1 on The Annunciation
The Logos has come forth from the womb of the Virgin from which He has assumed our total humanity and become one of us. In this season we glorify her from whom the Logos has assumed our humanity and her who suckled and fed the infant Lord. We glorify her who was the first among the faithful and from whom Salvation has come to the world.
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