Christ with no father by St. Athanasius of Alexandria

"No one can describe His body generation. No one can point to a father who begot Him in the flesh, because His body did not come from a man, but from the Virgin alone."  Athanasius,¬†On the Incarnation of the Word 37; PG 25, 160; ed.¬†Thomson (Oxford Claredon Press, 1971). Jesus Christ's generation and birth are... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of the Mother of God by St. Ephrem the Syrian

"His death on the Cross attests to his birth from the woman. For anyone who dies must have been born as well... Therefore, the human conception of Jesus is demonstrated by his death on the Cross. If anyone denies his birth, the Cross proves him wrong." Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns on Nativity 4, 177; CSCO... Continue Reading →

Mary Greets Elizabeth by St. Athanasius of Alexandria

"[Mary] greets Elizabeth: the Mother of the Master greets [the mother] of the servant; the Mother of the King greets the mother of the soldier; the Mother of God greets the mother of the man; the Virgin greets the married woman, She greets Elizabeth with an outward greeting, and when the two greet each other... Continue Reading →

Virgin Mary carries Word of God by Hippolytus of Rome

"Tell me, O blessed Mary, whom did you conceive in your virginal womb? Yes, even the firstborn Word of God, who came down from heaven into you and was formed, the firstborn man, in your womb, so that the firstborn Word of God might appear united with the firstborn man."   Hippolytus, Eranistes, Dial. 1: PG 83,88 Believing... Continue Reading →

Why did the Word of God take flesh? by Hippolytus of Rome

"Let us believe, blessed brothers, according to the tradition of the apostles, that God the Word came down from heaven and entered into the holy Virgin Mary. Thus, receiving his flesh from her and taking a human (that is, rational) soul and becoming everything that man is, except for sin, he might save fallen man... Continue Reading →

Son of God taking flesh by Hippolytus of Rome

"Being outside of the flesh, the Word of God took upon himself the holy flesh from the holy Virgin: like a bridegroom, He prepared for Himself that garment which He would weave together with His suffering on the Cross... In this way, he intended to obtain salvation for man, who was perishing"  Hippolytus, Christ and Antichrist 4;... Continue Reading →

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