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Incarnation

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Feast of the Annunciation, God Becomes Man – Leo

The Solemnity or Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated on March 25. Here, in his typically lyrical language and powerful imagery, Leo the Great ponders the unfathomable mystery of God becoming man in the womb of a Virgin who had the...

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Christmas: Origins of the Feast

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]t appears that it was during the fourth century that Christians began celebrating Jesus' birth on December 25 in the Western part of the Roman Empire and January 6 in the East (Epiphany).  It is true that we really don't know the month...

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Christmas Proclamation – Roman Martyrology

The announcement of the Nativity of the Lord from the Roman Martyrology formally proclaims the birth of Jesus Christ, based on the biblical accounts. Beginning with creation, it relates the birth of the Lord to the major events and people of both salvation...

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The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

We all know the elements of the Christmas story: Caesar's census and Herod, shepherds and Magi, ox & ass, swaddling clothes & manger, a stable and not room in the inn, Emmanuel and the Prince of Peace. But underneath each of these people, places,...

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Creator of Time is Born in Time – Leo the Great

Saint Leo says the genealogy of Jesus given us in Luke and Matthew's gospels shows that Jesus was truly one of us, possessing a complete human nature. He did not merely appear in human form, as in the biblical types and scriptural symbols of the...

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He Loved Us First – William of St. Thierry

William of St.-Thierry explains the history of salvation, culminating in the Incarnation, as a revelation of the love of God who comes to empower us to love him in return. The advent of the Savior is the coming of Jesus Christ, the apostle of...

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In Praise of Christmas – Ephrem

It is not absolutely certain that it was St Ephraem who wrote this lyrical praise of Christmas, but the piece is sufficiently beautiful to be attributed to the poetic theologian and father of the church who is known as "the Harp of the Holy Spirit"...