Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos
He who is before the morning star
Was begotten of the Father without a mother,
Is made flesh on earth today without a father form you.
A star announces the glad tidings to the wise men,
While angels and shepherds sing the praises of your child-bearing without corruption,
You who are full of grace!
--Kontakion of the second day of the Nativity, by St. Romanos the Hymnographer