The Samaritan, Zaccheus and The Magi offerings by Proclus of Constantinople

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Today, then, the Sun of justice sprang from the virginal cloud:”The people that sat in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:2). Today, the unsown Seed grew up out of the uncultivated plain, and the hungry world rejoices for it. Today, without conjugal relations, a birth sprang from an uncorrupt womb, and all creation brings gifts to the Child who has no father. The earth offers a crib; the rocks offer jars of water; the winds, obedience; the sea, submission; the waves, calm; the depths of the ocean, fish; the rivers, the Jordan; the wells, the Samaritan woman; the desert, John; the beasts, a foal; the birds, a dove; the mountains, a cave; the cities, Bethlehem; the Magi, their gifts; the women, Martha; the widows, Anna; the barren, Elizabeth; the virgins, Mary Mother of God; the shepherds, a hymn of praise; the priests, Simeon; the children, palms; the persecutors, Paul; the sinners, the publican; pagans, the Canaanite woman; the woman with a hemorrhage, her faith; the sinful woman, ointment; the trees, Zacchaeus; wood, the Cross; the Cross, the thief, the east, a star; the air, a cloud; Gabriel, his greeting, namely: Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you’ (Lk 1:28), and the Lord is from you and the Lord is before you.

Proclus of Constantinople, Homily IV on the Nativity of the Lord; PG 65, 713-16

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Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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