Friday, December 28, 2007

St. Ephrem the Syrian on the Nativity

Melchizadek anticipated Him; he the vicar was watching to see priesthood’s Lord Whose hyssop cleanses creation. Lot saw the Sodomites who perverted nature; he looked for the Lord of natures Who gave chastity beyond nature. Aaron anticipated Him - he who saw that if his staff swallowed reptiles, His cross would swallow the Reptile that swallowed Adam and Eve. Moses saw the fixed serpent that healed the stings of basilisks, and he anticipated he would see the Healer of the first Serpent’s wound. Moses saw that he alone received the brightness of God, and he anticipated the One to come - by His teaching, the Multiplier of the godlike. - St. Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns (On the Nativity)

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