Christmas Homily of
St. Isaac of Syria
This Christmas night bestowed peace on the whole world;
so, let no one threaten;
this is the night of the Most Gentle One--let no one be cruel;
this is the night of the most humble One -- let no one be proud.
Now is the day of joy -- let us not revenge;
now is the day of good will -- let us not be mean.
In this day of peace let us not be conquered by anger. . .
Today the Bountiful impoverished Himself for our sake;
so, O rich one, invite the poor to your table.
Today we received a gift, for which we did not ask;
so let us give alms to those who implore us and beg.
This present day cast open the heavenly door to our prayers;
let us open the door to those who ask our forgiveness. . .
Now the Divine Being took upon Himself the
seal of humanity, in order for humanity, to be decorated by the seal of Divinity.