On the Nativity of Christ 


Today the Virgin gives birth to him who is above all being,
and the earth offers a cave to him whom no one can approach. 
Angels with shepherds give glory,
and magi journey with a star,
for to us there has been born
a little Child, God before the ages.

Bethlehem has opened Eden, come, let us see;
we have found delight in secret, 
come, let us receive the joys of Paradise within the cave.
There the unwatered root whose blossom is forgiveness has appeared. 
There has been found the undug well
from which David once longed to drink.

There a virgin has borne a babe
and has quenched at once Adam’s and David’s thirst.
For this, let us hasten to this place where there has been born
a little Child, God before the ages.

(Note, this excerpt is taken from the English translation by Fr. Ephraim Lash, On the Life of Christ: Chanted Sermons by the Great Sixth Century Poet and Singer St. Romanos (Sacred Literature Trust Series); the full English text of this translation is available here)

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Top image credit: Nativity painting on wood panel by Italian artist Duccio di Buoninsegna, between 1308 and 1311, in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., USA. Image source at Wikimedia.com, in the public domain.

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