Holy God Home Page

Disability Access

Melkite Greek Home
Home
Alphabetical Index
Thesaurus
Site Map

Holy God
Holy God
Holy Trinity
God Father

God Son Jesus
Incarnation
God became man
Nativity
Circumcision
Holy Theophany
Holy Hypapanty
Transfiguration
Lazarus Saturday
Palm Sun. Shaneeneh
Palm Shaneeneh Liturgy
Great and Holy Week
Great Holy Week
Great Holy Monday
Great Holy Tuesday
Great Holy Wednesday
Great Holy Thursday
Death According to the Flesh
Great Holy Friday
Great Sat. Junnaaz al-Maseeh
Resurrection According to the Flesh
Feast Fesakh Hajmeh
Ascension
Liturgical Cycle
Places

God Holy Spirit

Holy CrossWeb Site Home  -  Theology Home  -  Hierarchy Home  -  Locations Home  -  Education Home  -   Stewardship Home  -   Links Home  -   Vendors Home  -  Alphabetical Index Home  -  Thesaurus Home  -  Sitemap Home  -  Arabic fonts

Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center

Jesus Christ the Teacher"For the Son of God became man so that we might become God."

Print information only (Do not print the table of contents)

 

Jesus
Christ
Theotokos Incar-
nation
Annunci-
ation
Cycle
Prep-
ara-
tion
Feast
Annunci-
ation
Cele-
bra-
tion
Synaxis
"Son of
God
became
man"
Acathist
Hymn

Madaayeh

 

"For the Son of God became man so that we might become God" was written by Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria, in De inc., 54, 3: PG, 192B, in his refutation of Arius during the First Ecumenical Council
Some people think that St. Irenaeus of Lyons may have said it before Holy Father Athanasios the Great, Archbishop of Alexandria.

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

An Explanation from Rev. Fr. Dennis C. Smolarski S.J., Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, in Handout #80.

St. Athanasius (295-373 A.D.)
God became man that we might become God

The Word of God, incorporeal and incorruptible, came among us, though he had never been far off. For he left no part of the creation void of his presence, but filled all things, living as he does with the Father. But he came among us to help us by showing us his love...

Filled with compassion for our race, taking pity on our weakness, condescending to our corruption, refusing to allow death to have dominion over us, in order that what had begun should not perish and that the work of his Father should not be useless, he took a body, a body no different from ours ...

Those who talk of the human aspects of the Word also know what appertains to his divinity... When they speak of his tears they know that the Lord shows us humanity by his tears and his divinity by raising Lazarus; they know that the Lord experienced hunger and thirst, while feeding in a divine manner five thousand people with five loaves; they know that his human body lay in the tomb and was raised as the body of God...

The Word was made man that we might be made God: he was made visible by his body that we might have an idea of the invisible Father, he endured the outrages inflicted on him by men that we might share in his immortality. He did not undergo any harm, since as Word of God he was impassable and incorruptible. But in this way he saved from danger the suffering humanity for which he endured all this.

Extracts quoted in Quasten, Patrology, III, II3f.

An Explanation from "The Tree of Life," newsletter of Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church, Placentia, CA

The Real Meaning of Christmas: God's Gift to Us
St Athanasios of Alexandria (295-373 A.D.) wrote that "God became man so that we might become children of God." This means that God became one of us so that we could become what God is-this, divine. We who were created in the image and likeness of God lost our divinity when our first parents, Adam and Eve, sinned. God could not bear to see the work of His own hands perish-that is, die. So, in the full-ness of time, God send His only-begotten Son, born of a virgin, a human being like us in all things but sin-to save us. We call this act of God becoming man Incarnation-that is, taking flesh. This is what Christmas is all about. It is God With Us. It is without doubt one of the greatest events in human history. We are invited to celebrate this Nativity of Christ with great love. Christmas today is confusing. Filled with songs about snow and reindeer; hours and hours of shopping; and so on. When it finally arrives, we are almost happy that it's over. Many mistake it for a time to visit friends and family. The reality is that we are celebrating God's gift to us. To miss out on celebrating the Birth of Christ or to replace it with something else is to miss the entire point of God's plan for us. This year, make sure that you take time to worship the God who became human, so that you can become divine.

A Explanation from Rev. Father Miguel Grave de Peralta, Priest of Saint Ignatios of Antioch Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Augusta, Georgia.

It points to the deification (theosis) we are to strive for in our lives through the energy of God's Holy Spirit. I suppose a Western way of stating it is "We are called to be by grace what Christ is by His nature."


Web Site Home  -  Theology Home  -  Hierarchy Home  -  Locations Home  -  Education Home  -   Stewardship Home  -   Links Home  -   Vendors Home  -  Alphabetical Index Home  -  Thesaurus Home  -  Sitemap Home  -  Arabic fonts


Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center
Martha Liles
Web URL address: Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center or http://www.mliles.com/melkite/
E-mail: mliles@mliles.com or mliles@mliles.com

Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center is an unofficial Melkite Greek Catholic Web site and has not been reviewed or approved by any Melkite clergy person.
Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center contains a range of World Wide Web sites on Melkite faith, belief, practice, history, etc. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center does not endorse any World Wide Web site nor takes any responsibility for the contents of any World Wide Web site. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center offers these links with the understanding that Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center can not vouch for any of the contents on each site. Listing a site does not indicate acceptance nor endorsement of the doctrines / ideas / theology of the World Wide Web site. Please remember that Web sites will change their content and their location. It is the user's responsibility to decide whether or not the content on a particular World Wide Web site is appropripate.

Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center is dedicated to my cousins: Bucky (Richard C. Liles) and Shirley (Shirley Jean Liles Buck). Bucky fell asleep in the Lord on Dec. 12, 2000 and Shirley fell asleep in the Lord on Nov. 8, 2001.
O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and given life to the world: grant, O Lord, to the souls of your servants Bucky and Shirley, who has departed from this life, that it may rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing. And since You are a gracious God and the Lover of Mankind, forgive him/her every sin he/she has committed by thought, or word, or deed, for there is not a man who lives and does not sin : You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true. You are the Resurrection and the Life, and the repose of your departed servants Bucky and Shirley. O Christ our God, and we send up glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your all-holy, good and life-givng Spirit, now and always and for ages upon ages. Amen.

This site copyright©2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013 Martha Liles. All rights reserved.
Last Updated: Saturday, August 08, 2009, 22:28:28, CDT
The current date and time is: Sunday, April 20, 2014, 08:18:21, CDT or Sunday, April 20, 2014, 13:18:21, GMT