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Saint Athanasius, Doctor of the Church, Pray for Us!

May 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Liturgy, Memorial


Saint Athanasius
Doctor of the Church
Pray for Us!

“The Word of God, incorporeal, incorruptible and immaterial, entered our world. Yet is was not as if he had been remote from it up to that time. For there is no part of the world that was ever without his presence; together with his Father, he continually filled all things and places.

“Out of his loving-kindness for us he came to us, and we see this in the way he revealed himself openly to us. Taking pity on mankind's weakness, and moved by our corruption, he could not stand aside and see death have mastery over us; he did not want creation to perish and his Father's work in fashioning man to be in vain. He therefore took to himself a body, no different from our own, for he did not wish simply to be in a body or only to be seen…

“Within the Virgin he built himself a temple, that is, a body; he made it his own instrument in which to dwell and to reveal himself. In this way he received from mankind a body like our own, and since all were subject to the corruption of death, he delivered this body over to death for all, and with supreme love offered it to the Father…”

(From a discourse by Saint Athanasius, bishop, from the Second Reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours)

Art: Saint Athanasius was persecuted, Otto Bitschnau, Leben der Heilingen 1883, PD-US copyright expired, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography.

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