Saint Isaac the Syrian on Christmas

The Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ

This [Christmas] night bestowed peace on the whole world; So, let no one threaten; this is the night of the Most Gentle One -let no one be cruel; This is the night of the most Humble One – let no one be proud. Now is the day of joy, – let us not revenge; now is the day of good will, – let us not be mean.
In this day of peace let us not be conquered by anger… Today the Bountiful impoverished Himself for our sake; so, the rich one, invite the poor to your table. To-day we received a Gift for which we did not ask; so let us give alms to those, who implore us and beg. This present day cast open the heavenly doors to our prayers; let us open our door to those who ask our forgivenessā€¦ Now the Divine Being took upon Himself the seal of humanity, in order for humanity to be decorated by the seal of Divinity.

* This excerpt is from “The Bible and the Holy Fathers for Orthodox”


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