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Christ in the House of His Parents – John Everett Millais

by Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

“…the adjective “incarnate” identifies the means through which the Word redeemed us — the deeds done in His full human existence. The dogma of the Incarnation affirms that we were redeemed through the personal experiences of God’s Son in human history — the very things that the Word underwent — from the instant of His conception, through His birth and infancy, through the events and phases of His life, through His tears and laughter, through His teaching and ministry of mercy, through His obedient sufferings and death on the cross, through His Resurrection and entry into eternal glory. Human redemption “happened” in the humanity of the eternal Word — the Christological moments — as He passed through, transformed, and deified our existence.” Orthodoxy Today – August 2009