St Ephrem the Syrian: With eye and mind we have beheld Him

THAT which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

1 John 1:1-4

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Diskos with the prosphora bread cut by a lance and ready for consecration

‘By His graciousness he is felt by the hands.’ Diskos with the prosphora bread cut by a lance and ready for consecration.

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GLORY to Thy coming, which quickened the sons of men!

Glory to Him, who came to us by His First-born!

Glory to the Silence, who spake by His Voice.

Glory to the One on high, who was seen by His Day-spring!

Glory to the Spiritual, who was pleased to have a Body, that in it His virtue might be felt, and He might by that Body shew mercy on His household’s bodies!

Glory to that Hidden One, whose Son was made manifest!

Glory to that Living One, whose Son was made to die!

Glory to that Great One, whose Son descended and was small.

Glory to the Power who did stint His greatness by a form, His unseen nature by a shape!

With eye and mind we have beheld Him, yea with both of them.

Glory to that Hidden One, who even with the mind cannot be felt at all by them that pry into Him; but by His graciousness was felt by the hand of human beings!

St Ephrem the Syrian, Rhythms on the Nativity No. 3. Translated by J. B. Morris.

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AND the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

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