O Lord Jesus Christ,
make me worthy to understand
the profound mystery of your holy incarnation,
which you have worked for our sake and for our salvation.
Truly there is nothing so great and wonderful as this,
that you, my God, who are the creator of all things,
should become a creature,
so that we should become like God.
You have humbled yourself and made yourself small
that we might be made mighty.
You have taken the form of a servant,
so that you might confer upon us a royal and divine beauty.
You, who are beyond our understanding,
have made yourself understandable to us in Jesus Christ.
You, who are the uncreated God,
have made yourself a creature for us.
You, who are the untouchable One,
have made yourself touchable to us.
You, who are most high,
make us capable of understanding
your amazing love
and the wonderful things you have done for us.
Make us able to understand the mystery of your incarnation,
the mystery of your life, example and doctrine,
the mystery of your cross and Passion,
the mystery of your resurrection and ascension.
Angela of Foligno, 1248-1309, Italian Franciscan tertiary
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.