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An Ancient Christmas Sermon

This 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-spirited.
In this day of peace let us not be conquered by anger.
Today the Bountiful impoverished Himself for our sake;
so, 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 our door to those who ask our forgiveness.
Now the Divine Being took upon
Himself the seal of humanity,
in order for humanity
to be adorned by the seal of Divinity.

The “Christmas Sermon” of Isaac of Nineveh (seventh century)

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3 Comments

  1. Patrik says:

    Hi,

    I’m writing my dissertation on Isaac and I haven’t seen this sermon. Do you know where it is from?

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  2. D. P. says:

    Hi Patrik. All I can tell you is I’ve seen it a couple of places on the Web, such as this piece on Christianity Today. At Tertullian.org, it is said that it is more likely from the First Nativity Hymn of Ephrem the Syrian.

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  3. Patrik says:

    That would make sense, It sound a lot more like Ephrem. Thanks.

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