4785_250From 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.