Sunday, November 15, 2015
St. Gregory Palamas on the Incarnation
Icon of Christ "The Angel of Great Counsel" (source)
However great the heaven of heavens may be, or the upper waters which form a roof over the celestial regions, or any heavenly place, state or order, they are no more marvelous or honorable than the cave, the manger, the water sprinkled on the infant and His swaddling clothes. For nothing done by God from the beginning of time was more beneficial to all and more divine than Christ's Nativity...
-St. Gregory Palamas, "Homily 58: On the Saving Nativity of Christ"
As we are beginning the Advent season, I pray that the Lord might make us all worthy to see His nativity in the flesh. May we prepare ourselves to have Him born in the manger of our hearts! Amen!
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!