December 18, 2017

St. Athanasius of Alexandria on the Incarnation

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 body of the Word, then, being a real human body, in spite of its having been uniquely formed from a virgin, was of itself mortal and, like other bodies, liable to death. But the indwelling of the Word loosed it from this natural liability, so that corruption could not touch it. Thus it happened that two opposite marvels took place at once: the death of all was consummated in the Lord's body; yet, because the Word was in it, death and corruption were in the same act utterly abolished.
― 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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