December 5, 2017

Saint Athanasius on the Incarnation of Christ

Saint Athanasius

The most famous doctrinal volume of this 4th century Alexandrian Bishop is his treatise: De Incarnatione, On the Incarnation of the Word, the divine Logos. It was Athanasius who said the Word of God, "was made man so that we might be made God.” Here Athanasius further elaborates on Jesus Christ’s salvific mission:
The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely to dwell here, but to put Himself at the disposal of those who needed Him...
― St. Athanasius of Alexandria
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Prayer for the Intercession of St. Athanasius

Almighty ever-living God, who raised up your holy Bishop St. Athanasius as an outstanding champion of your Son's divinity, mercifully grant, that, rejoicing in his teaching and his protection by Athanasius’ intercession we may never cease to grow in knowledge and love of you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who reigns with you and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

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