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Emmanuel: The Only Begotten and Firstborn among Many Brethren

Bishop Athanasius Yevtich
Edited by the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery

Number 3 of Contemporary Christian Thought Series

“On Christmas, God was made manifest in the flesh (I Tim. 3:16), having been born a man, and having taken part in flesh and blood, inasmuch as mankind partakes of flesh and blood (cf. Heb. 2:14). Christmas is celebrated by the Holy Orthodox Church as the day of the human birth of the Son of God from the Most Holy Mother of God, which took place in a cave near Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of Caesar Augustus; at this time, both our Christian Church and history begin. The revelation of God in the flesh, that is, the birth of God as man, is the greatest of all events of all time. This is why Christmas, the celebration of the birth of God as man, as God-man, is the beginning of all Christian Church events. St. Chrysostom rightly calls this feast the ‘metropolis of feasts,’ i.e., the mother, the origin, and the beginning of all Church feasts. Christmas is the beginning and the origin of all Church feasts because it is the beginning and the origin of all salvific Christian events which occurred in the history of the salvation of all mankind. It is only after Christmas, following the birth of the God-man, the Christ, that His Baptism (Theophany), His Crucifixion (Great Friday), His Resurrection (Pascha), and His sending down of the Holy Spirit upon us in the Church (Pentecost, Descent of the Holy Spirit) all took place; all for our sake.”
—“1 God Was Made Manifest in the Flesh”


1. God Was Made Manifest in the Flesh
2. Orthodox Faith and Life
3. Jesus Christ—The Only Savior of the World in Contemporary Orthodox Thought
4. The Mystery of the Human Person as Seen through the Person of St. John the Theologian
5. Man in Christ
6. The Eucharist in the Eastern Church
7. Ecclesiological Dimensions of the Communion of Saints in the Works of St. John Chrysostom
8. A Prolegomenon to the Gnoseology of Hesychasm
9. The One Who Is: The Living and True God of St. Gregory Palamas
List of Sources

Item Number: BKSD953
Publication Data: Alhambra, CA: Sebastian Press, 2008
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 229
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.9 cm × 15.3 cm × 1.4 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations, full-color illustrations, bookmarker
ISBN: 978‒0‒9719505‒4‒2

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