Think of shepherds who are made wise, think of priests who teach, of women who are delighted, when Gabriel teaches Mary joy, when Elisabeth has inside her own womb John kicking. Anne spreads the good news, Symeon opens his arms worshiping the great God inside a little infant, without despising what they see, but glorifying the greatness of His deity. His deity is revealed like light through hymens of glass, through the human body the divine power, transforming to the light of dawn those who have the eyes of their heart cleaned.
- St. Basil the Great, from the Christmas oration