Natvity IconTwo of my favorite passages from the early church fathers on the Incarnation:

“When seen as a babe and wrapped in swaddling clothes, even when still in the bosom of the Virgin who bore him, he filled all creation as God, and was enthroned with him who begot him.”

– Cyril of Alexandria, Third Letter to Nestorius

“For he was made man that we might be made God; and he manifested himself by a body that we might receive the idea of the unseen Father; and he endured the insolence of men that we might inherit immortality.”

– Athanasius, On the Incarnation