It is believed that in the late fifth century an anonymous poet composed what is considered the preeminent masterpiece of Christian Incarnation theology in adoration of Jesus Christ and veneration of His Virgin Mother Mary. This work of Catholic-Christian art, entitled 'The Akathist Hymn,' composed of 24 alphabetical acrostic strophes, literally means 'a hymn sung not seated,' referring to the solemnity of its character.
But what is most striking about this work of beauty and truth is its witness to absolute Christian humility.
The Akathist Hymn: http://www.goarch.org/chapel/liturgical_texts/vaporis_akathist
Father Ermanno Toniolo, profound student of the Akathist, stated:
"Undoubtedly, its author was a great poet, an outstanding theologian, a consummate contemplative; he was great enough to be able to translate the Church's faith into a prayerful synthesis, yet humble enough to disappear into anonymity. God knows his name; the world does not. it is just as well; in this way, the hymn belongs to everyone, because it belongs to the Church."
Much can be taken from this statement. Much a challenge and inspiration can be received. Can we, as disciples of the humble Suffering Servant, embody the Church's faith, in a prayerful synthesis, through our words and deeds? Yet, simultaneously, can we be humble enough to disappear into anonymity, so that the goodness we practice will receive the proper praise and glory given to the Source of all goodness, Jesus Christ?
The Christian virtue of humility: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07543b.htm
Honestly, even the best of us, of which I don't claim to be, struggle with true Christian humility. But in the struggle we can rest assured that even though the world does not know our name, God knows our name, and the good we practiced--in His good grace--and in giving freely of this goodness, which becomes the property of the world, through the Church, God is glorified immensely.
And, perceived in this Light, our humble struggle is glorified in His Love for us.