|Nativity of our Lord|
"The Theotokos is creation's own chosen Mediatress before the Lord. In a pre-Nativity Vespers hymn, all of creation - rational and irrational, visible and invisible, earthly and heavenly, are represented with their own unique thanksgiving offerings to Christ in anticipation of His imminent appearance on earth:
What shall we offer Thee, O Christ, Who for our sakes hast appeared on the earth as a man? Every creature which Thou hast made offers Thee thanks. The angels offer Thee a song; the heavens, their star; the wise men, their gifts; the shepherds, their wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, the manger;
and we offer Thee a Virgin Mother.
O Pre-eternal God, have mercy on us!"
Taken from Mary: The Untrodden Portal of God by George S Gabriel (p. 166).
- A Day in the Life of the Youth Director