He Who is from God, God the Word, the only-begotten Son of the Father, of one essence with the Father, Being from Being, ineffably begotten of the Father without a mother before all ages--the very same is born in the last days to a daughter of men, to the Virgin Mary without a father. God is born incarnate, wearing flesh borrowed from her, having become man, which He was not, and remaining God, which He was, in order to save the world. And He is Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of the Father and the only-begotten of His mother.
- St. Ephraim of Syria, 4th Cent.
May you have a blessed celebration of the nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!