On this day on which The Lord of all came among servants, let the lords also bow down to their servants lovingly.
On this day when the rich One was made poor for our sake, let the rich man also make the poor man a sharer at his table.
On this day a gift came out to us without our asking for it; let us then give alms to those who cry out and beg from us…
This Lord of natures today was transformed contrary to his nature; it is not too difficult for us also to overthrow our evil will.
Bound is the body by its nature for it cannot grow larger or smaller; but powerful is the will for it may grow to all sizes.
Today the Deity imprinted itself on humanity so that humanity might also be cut into the seal of Deity.
—Ephrem the Syrian;
Hymns on the Nativity, I.93-99