This should launch Advent appropriately:
—“God-bearer”, title of Mary, Eastern Orthodox Church
He whom the entire universe could not contain was contained within your womb, O Theotokos.
—Ancient hymn verse, third century
When it was the time to circumcise
On the eighth day, did you know, Mary?
After the blade pared, as Jesu cried,
Simeon held him—could you foresee
The words he spoke, a prophecy:
“How many would fall and many rise;
The thoughts of many hearts, opened to see;
A light revealed for Gentile eyes;
A sign that most shall scorn and despise?”
Did you ponder, riding toward Galilee,
The last words of Simeon’s prophecy:
A sword will pierce your own soul, crosswise?