The Ancient of days has become an infant.
He who sits upon the sublime and heavenly throne
now lies in a manger.
And He who cannot be touched, who is simple, without complexity, and incorporeal,
now lies subject to the hands of men.
He who has broken the bonds of sinners,
is now bound by an infant’s bands.
But He has decreed that ignominy shall become honor,
infamy be clothed with glory,
and total humiliation the measure of His goodness.
For this He assumed my body, that I may become capable of His Word;
taking my flesh, He gives me His spirit;
and so He bestowing and I receiving,
He prepares for me the treasure of Life.
He takes my flesh, to sanctify me;
He gives me His Spirit, that He may save me.
Truly wondrous is the whole chronicle of the Nativity!
For this day the ancient slavery is ended,
the devil confounded,
the demons take to flight,
the power of death is broken,
paradise is unlocked,
the curse is taken away,
sin is removed from us,
error driven out,
truth has been brought back…
- John Chrysostom, 347-407 A.D.