It is the feast day of St Ignatius of Antioch today. St Ignatius (+ AD 107) was a personal friend of St John the Evangelist and Theologian.
IT IS better for a man to be silent and be [a Christian], than to talk and not to be one.
It is good to teach, if he who speaks also acts. There is then one Teacher, who spake and it was done; while even those things which He did in silence are worthy of the Father.
He who possesses the word of Jesus, is truly able to hear even His very silence, that he may be perfect, and may both act as he speaks, and be recognised by his silence.
There is nothing which is hid from God, but our very secrets are near to Him.
Let us therefore do all things as those who have Him dwelling in us, that we may be His temples (1 Cor 6:19), and He may be in us as our God, which indeed He is, and will manifest Himself before our faces.
Wherefore we justly love Him.
St Ignatius of Antioch, “Epistle to the Ephesians”. Translation from CCEL.
SEEKING to know unknown knowledge, the Virgin called out unto the ministering angel: “How can it be, that a son be born from a pure womb? Tell me.” He spake unto her in fear, crying no more than this:
HAIL, initiate of ineffable counsel.
Hail, trust in things that demand silence.
Hail, beginning of the wonders of Christ.
Hail, crown of his teachings.
Hail, heavenly ladder, by which God did ascend.
Hail, bridge leading those from earth to heaven.
Hail, wonder and talk of the angels.
Hail, wound and talk of the demons.
Hail, who hast inexpressibly given birth to the light.
Hail, who hast taught the manner of it to none.
Hail, surpassing the knowledge of the wise.
Hail, shining brilliance upon the minds of believers.
Hail, Bride without bridegroom!
FOR conception, the power of the Most High then overshadowed her who knew not wedlock; and he appointed her fruitful womb to be a pleasant field for all them that wish to reap salvation, in singing thus:
The Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God, Stasis 1.