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Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria

Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria was the greatest champion of the Incarnation. He was the most brilliant and heroic defender of the Incarnation. He earned the title "Father of Orthodoxy" during his lifetime. Holy Father Athanasios the Great wrote On the Incarnation of the Word.

Incarnation - Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ is both fully Holy God and fully Man

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is both fully Holy God and fully Man.

Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ became fully human at the Annunciation. This conception is called the "Incarnation".
The Incarnation is commemorated at The Great Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

The First Ecumenical Council also named Council of Nicaea I in 325

Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria, refuted Arius at the First Ecumenical Council. Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria, wrote "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God" in De inc., 54, 3: PG, 192B.

Biography

In 295, Holy Father Athanasios the Great was born in Alexandria.

He was a disciple of Holy and God-bearing Father Antony the Great.

In 325, while a deacon, Holy Father Athanasios went with his bishop, Alexander of Alexandria, to the Council of Nicea. At the Council, Holy Father Athanasios refuted Arius.

At the death of Alexander, Archbishop of Alexandria, Holy Father Athanasios was elevated to the See of Alexandria in 328.

Through his sermons and writings, he became a defender of the faith and a champion of God.

On several occasions, Holy Father Athanasios was exiled. He spent over seventeen years in exile over a 46 year period.

On May 2, 373, Holy Father Athanasios died.

Name

Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria is also know as St. Athanasius the Great.

Feast Days

2 May - Holy Father Athanasios of Alexandria

18 January - Our Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria and Our Holy Father Kyrollos, Archbishop of Alexandria

Holy Father Athanasios, Archbishop of Alexandria
Our Holy Father Kyrollos, Archbishop of Alexandria

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron

2 May - Holy Father Athanasios of Alexandria

Troparion (TONE 3)
Holy Pontiff Athanasius, you became a stronghold of Orthodoxy, strengthening the Church through your divine teachings. Opposing the heretical opinion of Arius, you explaned and taught that the Son is equal in nature with the Father. O Holy Father, intercede with Christ God that He may grant us abundant mercy.

18 JANUARY - Our Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria and Our Holy Father Kyrollos, Archbishop of Alexandria

TROPARION (TONE 7)
O Archbishops remarkable for your piety and devotion, heroic contenders for the Church of Christ, protect all those who beg of you, "O Merciful Ones, through your intercession save those who honor you with fervor!'

More information

St. Athanasius Catholic Encyclopedia

The Fathers of the Church Please page down to St. Athanasius.


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