"In pain," You said, "you will give birth;"
The woman feels the sin-brought curse.
By labor's end, the lesson learned:
"Your sorrow into joy will turn."
Through the icon of human birth,
Christ reveals the mysteries of the godly life.
Pictures are worth a thousand words.
They have a direct impact on the heart.
This week presents images,
some beautiful, some horrible, all revelatory.
We beseech Thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty desires of Thy humble servants and stretch forth the right hand of Thy majesty to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. (Oculi)