Homily on the Nativity

25 December 2012
So now God
not only forms
human nature anew
by His own hand
in a mysterious way,
but also keeps it
near Him.
Not only
does He assume
this nature
and raise it up
from the fall,
but He inexpressibly clothes Himself in it
and unites Himself inseparably with it
and was born
as both God and man: from a woman,
in the first instance,
that He might take
upon Himself
the same nature
which He formed
in our forefathers;
and from a woman
who was a virgin,
in the second,
so that He might make man new.