Whom has she brought forth? Whom? The Lord of nature. For though thou art silent, nature cries out. For She has brought forth as He Who Was born decreed to be born. Not as nature decreed, but He as nature's Lord has made for Himself a new and unheard of birth, that He may show Himself as man; but not brought forth as men are born, but born as God. For from a Virgin He came forth this day, He Who hath set nature aside, and risen above the ways of nuptials.
- St. John Chrysostom