All the feasts from the stores of this feast have their fairness and their ornaments...
Great is this day above all days, for in it came forth mercy to sinners.
A medicine chest is this great day, because on it shone forth the Medicine of Life to the wounded.
A treasure of helpful graces is this day, because on it, Light gleamed forth on our blindness.'
St. Ephraem the Syrian
Painting: Le Main Brothers, Nativity with the Torch