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from the Christmas oration, * Patrologia Graeca 31.1473. Translated by Elpenor * Greek Fonts ||| St Basil Home Page


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HINK of shepherds who are made wise, think of priests who teach, of women who are delighted, when Gabriel teaches Mary joy, when Elisabeth has inside her own womb John kicking. Anne spreads the good news, Symeon opens his arms worshiping the great God inside a little infant, without despising what they see, but glorifying the greatness of His deity. His deity is revealed like light through hymens of glass, through the human body the divine power, transforming to the light of dawn those who have the eyes of their heart cleaned.

τῆς θεότητος αὐτοῦ τὴν μεγαλωσύνην δοξολογοῦντες

Ἐννόησον ποιμένας σοφιζομένους͵ ἱερεῖς προφητεύοντας͵ γυναῖκας εὐφραινομένας͵ ὅτε Μαρία χαίρειν ἐδιδάσκετο παρὰ τοῦ Γαβριήλ͵ ὅτε Ἐλισάβετ ἐπ΄ αὐτῶν εἶχε τῶν σπλάγχνων σκιρτῶντα τὸν Ἰωάννην. Ἄννα εὐηγγελίζετο͵ Συμεὼν ἐνηγκαλίζετο͵ ἐν μικρῷ βρέφει τὸν μέγαν Θεὸν προσκυνοῦντες· οὐ τοῦ ὁρωμένου καταφρονοῦτες͵ ἀλλὰ τῆς θεότητος αὐτοῦ τὴν μεγαλωσύνην δοξολογοῦντες. Ἐφαίνετο γὰρ͵ ὥσπερ φῶς δι΄ ὑελίνων ὑμένων͵ διὰ τοῦ ἀνθρωπίνου σώματος ἡ θεία δύναμις͵ διαυγάζουσα τοῖς ἔχουσι τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς τῆς καρδίας κεκαθαρμένους. 

Cf. PLATO : A nature of wondrous beauty ||| GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN : God with Gods is being united ||| GREGORY OF NYSSA : Everything shares in the Beautiful ||| GREGORY PALAMAS : Calling everything near Him

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