Merry Christmas! If you have a few minutes, I think you will be greatly encouraged by reading the following Christmas sermon from St. Gregory Nazianzus, a 4th century Christian bishop. We Christians been commemorating the Incarnation for a hundreds of years, and it’s good sometimes to hear ancient voices preach it to us in ways only they can.
The version below was paraphrased by Nathan Nettleton, of Laughing Bird Liturgical Resources. Christ is born, let us glorify Him!
Christ is Born, let us glorify Him!
Christ has come from heaven,
let us go out to meet Him.
Christ is on earth,
and yet still is exalted above the earth.
Let the heavens rejoice,
and let the earth be glad;
our joy is in the one who belongs to heaven
and who now belongs to the earth.
Christ has come in human flesh.
We rejoice with trembling and with joy;
with trembling because of our sins,
with joy because of our hope.
How could we not worship Him who
existed from the very beginning?
How could we not glorify Him who
will go on existing at the very end?