Sunday, December 30, 2012

Gems From the Treasury: December 24-28, 2012

This past week of Gems From the Treasury on my Twitter featured quotes from St. Ephraim (Ephrem) the Syrian, a Doctor of the Church.

12/24/12: "Divinity flew down to rescue and lift up humanity."--Hymns on Virginity 48.17
12/25/12: "Blessed is the birth on which a generation thundered with hallelujahs of praise."--Hymns on the Nativity 21.3
12/26/12: "Blessed is He Who made our body a Tabernacle for His hiddenness.  Blessed is He Who with our tongue interpreted His secrets."--Hymns on the Nativity 3.7
12/27/12: "Blessed be the Babe Who made His mother the lyre of His melodies."--Hymns on the Nativity 15.4
12/28/12: "Blessed is the Unlimited Who was limited."--Hymns on the Nativity 23.2

Next week's series of Gems From the Treasury, to continue the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, will contain quotes from various Byzantine liturgical hymns from throughout this season of the Nativity.

St. Ephraim the Syrian, pray for us!

Nota Bene: If I remember correctly, all of these quotes come from the collection of St. Ephraim's hymns translated by Kathleen McVey in Hymns in the Classics of Western Spirituality series by Paulist Press.

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