the incarnation

Orthodox icon depicting the Nativity scene


Truly, you hear, kind God,
You listen, king.
You lent an ear, life and light.
You paid attention, heavenly one.
You respected us, almighty.
You noted, knower of secrets.
You saw, keeper.
You empathized, Lord beyond telling.
You humbled yourself, exalted one.
You became meek, awesome one.
You were revealed, Lord beyond words.
You were defined, boundless one.
You were measured, unexaminable one.
You focused light, radiant one.
You became human, incorporeal one.
You became tangible, immeasurable one.
You took shape, you who are beyond quality.
You truly fulfilled the yearnings of those
   who pray to you.
With the voice of the blissful,
   you were even for me, miserable soul that I am,
   a kind intercessor, a living mediator,
   an immortal offering, an endless sacrifice,
   a gift of purity, a priceless burnt offering,
   an inexhaustible cup.
Merciful Lord, who loves mankind,
   may you always show
   the favor of your life-giving will
   and your long-suffering patience toward me, a sinner.
To you glory forever.

Gregory of Narek, , 951-1003, Armenian monk and mystical theologian


Long ago, at many times and in many ways,
God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,
but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,
whom he appointed the heir of all things,
through whom also he created the world.
He is the radiance of the glory of God
and the exact imprint of his nature,
and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
After making purification for sins,
he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high




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