The Birth of Jesus
"How new was the light for the world, how graced was
all of heaven,
What greater radiance than his when Christ came
forth from the womb of Mary !
He came forth in a new splendor, even as that beaming
bridegroom leaving the bridal
chamber, a pleasing, beautiful figure.
Among the sons of men, whose appearance more radiant,
whose beautiful lips spread
grace so alluringly !
O thoughtful piety. Lest we be enslaved by the yoke
and power of sin, the Lord
most high took up the members
of a servant, and he, who
from before the beginning of the world
dressed everything that
was born with his gifts,
only had some poor rags
the one who neither deep
waves do not contain
nor the surface of the whole
earth, nor the spaces of the sky
stayed as an infant in the
body of a virgin and, God,
rested in a narrow manger.
Hail, O holy mother! You gave birth to a king
who rules the heaven and
the earth through the ages
and whose name and kingdom
embrases everything in an eternal circle;
for, having in your blessed womb was the joy of
a mother and the honor of a virgin,
you appear to have no equal
among women past or future;
alone and without a model
among women, you were pleasing to Christ"
Carmen Paschale (II, 48-69)
O Lord my God, creator of the universe, grant first
that I may pray to you as I should, and then that I might be worthy of hearing from you, so that in you I may be free.
– cfr.Augustine, Soliloq. 1, 2
By Ateneo Pontificio "Augustinianum"