Rorate Caeli

Incarnation Week - Et Verbum caro factum est

Fifth day - Et Verbum caro factum est. ("And the Word was made flesh") Et ecce Elisabeth cognata tua, et ipsa concepit filium in senectute sua: et hic mensis sextus est illi, quæ vocatur sterilis: quia non erit impossibile apud Deum omne verbum. (St. Luke, i, 36-37: "And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God.") In principio erat Verbum, et Verbum erat apud Deum, et Deus erat Verbum. ... Et Verbum caro factum est... (St. John, i, 1; 14: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... And the Word was made flesh...")


...as man's sin and the cause of our condemnation sprung from a woman, so the cure of sin and the source of our salvation should also be found in a woman. And that women may not despair of attaining the inheritance of the blessed, because that so dire an evil arose from woman, it is proper that from woman also so great a blessing should arise, that their hopes may be revived. Take also this view. If it was a virgin which brought all evil upon the race, it is much more appropriate that a virgin should be the occasion of all good. And this also. If woman, whom God made from man alone, was made of a virgin , it is peculiarly fitting for that man also, who shall spring from a woman, to be born of a woman without man. Of the pictures which can be superadded to this, showing that the God-man ought to be born of a virgin, we will say nothing. These are sufficient.


Saint Anselm, Cur Deus Homo

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