reveling in the mystery


Come, let us rejoice in the Lord, as we tell about this mystery.
The middle wall of separation has been broken down;
   the fiery sword has turned back,
   the Cherubim permits access to the tree of life;
   and I partake of the delight of Paradise,
   from which I was cast out because of disobedience.
For the exact Image of the Father,
   the express Image of his eternity,
   takes the form of a servant,
   coming forth from a virgin Mother;
   and He undergoes no change.
He remained what He was, true God;
   and He took up what he was not,
   becoming human in His love for humanity.
Let us cry out to Him:
“You who were born from a Virgin, O God, have mercy on us.”

Saint Germanus I, c. 634 – 733, Patriarch of Constantinople,

The Festal Menaion via


Hebrews 1:1-4

In the past, God spoke through the prophets to our ancestors in many times and many ways. In these final days, though, he spoke to us through a Son. God made his Son the heir of everything and created the world through him. The Son is the light of God’s glory and the imprint of God’s being. He maintains everything with his powerful message. After he carried out the cleansing of people from their sins, he sat down at the right side of the highest majesty. And the Son became so much greater than the other messengers, such as angels, that he received a more important title than theirs.


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