The unsetting Sun hastens to emerge from virgin loins to enlighten everything under heaven. Let us hasten to meet Him with clear eyes and pure actions; and let us now be prepared to receive in spirit the One who comes to His own by a strange birth, as He was well pleased; that, as He is compassionate, by being brought to birth in Bethlehem, He may bring us back who have been estranged from the life in Eden.
God the Word, Who rides on the backs of the Cherubim, united hypostatically to flesh, hath dwelt in an unblemished womb, become a mortal and is coming to the land of Judea to be brought to birth. Holy Cave, be made ready as a majestic palace for the universal King; and thou, Manger, as a throne formed of fire, on which the Virgin Mary lays as a babe the Infinite for the restoration of what He fashioned.
The Virgin lays Thee in a manger of dumb beasts, O Word of God without beginning, Who beyond understanding hath accepted a beginning; for Thou art coming to dispel my unreason, to which I submitted by the envy of the serpent; whilst Thou wilt be wrapped in swaddling bands that Thou mayst tear apart the bands and cords of my offences, O alone Good and lover of mankind; therefore I glorify Thee, I praise and worship with great joy Thy coming in the flesh, through which I have been freed.