by Matthew the Poor (Author), Monks from St. Macarius Monastery (Author)
Today, after the sterility of spirit that had befallen our two ancestors, humanity has become fertile. Today has been born to man a Son who is called an everlasting God. Today, we celebrate the birth of the first-fruit of humanity, the first-born among many brethren, the head of the spiritual Church that fills Heaven. He is the sole Mediator between us and the Father, for He is our brother and the Son of God at one and the same time. Love took flesh; sacrifice became a body. When the Father’s love for sinners united with the Son’s love for the Father, Christ was born.