From the 1st Hymn on the Nativity by St. Ephrem
Today a child was born, and he was called “wonder”,*
for it is a wonder that God reveals Himself as an infant.
The Spirit spoke a parable in the worm, for it reproduces without sexual union;
the type that the Holy Spirit fashioned receives its meaning today.
He rose up like a shoot before Him, a shoot from the parched earth;
something spoken secretly occurred openly today.*
*See Isaiah 9:6 and 53:2.