Monthly Archives: December 2012

“He chooses from out of all the creation this Pure and Immaculate Virgin”

This Virgin is the Mother of God — Mary, the Most Glorious of God, from the womb of Whom the Most Divine issued forth in the flesh and by Whom He Himself did arrange a wondrous temple for Himself. She … Continue reading

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“He Who has broken the bonds of sinners is now bound by an infant’s bands”

What shall I say! And how shall I describe this Birth to you? For this wonder fills me with astonishment. The Ancient of days has become an infant. He Who sits upon the sublime and heavenly Throne, now lies in … Continue reading

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“And so our Lord Jesus Christ made in Himself the beginning of a new creation”

The bodily Nativity therefore of the Son of God took nothing from and added nothing to His Majesty because His unchangeable substance could be neither diminished nor increased. For that “the Word became flesh” does not signify that the nature … Continue reading

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“Blessed is He Who made our body a Tabernacle for His hiddenness”

Blessed be the Child Who today delights Bethlehem. Blessed be the Newborn Who today made humanity young again. Blessed be the Fruit Who bowed Himself down for our hunger. Blessed be the Gracious One Who suddenly enriched all of our … Continue reading

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“He, equal to the Father in the form of God, became like to us in the form of a servant”

What human being could know all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden in Christ and concealed under the poverty of His humanity? For, ‘being rich, he became poor for our sake that by his poverty we might become rich.’ … Continue reading

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“Christ is born, give glory!”

Christ is born, give glory; Christ is from the heavens, go to meet him; Christ is on earth, be lifted up. “Sing to the Lord, all the earth,” and, to say both together, “Let the heavens be glad and let … Continue reading

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Holiday break

I had hoped to post one more article before Christmas, but it appears that will not happen. I’m off tomorrow to visit my mother, and then my children are coming in for Christmas, so I do not expect to be … Continue reading

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St Gregory Nazianzen and the Holy Spirit (part 2)

A few weeks after he delivered his homily “On the Arrival of the Egyptians” (Oration 34), St Gregory was given the perfect opportunity to further expand his teaching on the Holy Spirit: it was time to celebrate the Feast of … Continue reading

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