what shall we offer?


What shall we offer you, O Christ,
   because you have appeared on earth as a man for our sakes?
For each of the creatures made by you offers you its thanks:
   the Angels, their hymn;
   the heavens, the Star;
   the Shepherds, their wonder;
   the Magi, their gifts;
   the earth, the Cave;
   the desert, the Manger;
   and we, a Virgin Mother.
God before the ages, have mercy on us.

Saint Anatolius, 449 – 458, Patriarch of Constantinople


Make your vows to the Lord your God and perform them;
    let all around him bring gifts
    to him who is to be feared

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