What is the Incarnation?
An Article by Scott Windsor
I'm sure that most of you, at first thought, (as did I) answer “The Incarnation is when God became Man.” And you would be correct – but not wholly correct! Yes, the Incarnation, if we think of it soley as a regular noun, it is defined as:
1. a. The
b. The condition of being incarnated.
And “incarnate” is defined
1. a. Invested
1. a. To
Now, going back to the first reference,
2. Incarnation Christianity
So far, it's just as we thought –
The Incarnation of God, as an act of
The Incarnation is the single event in
The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia says it this way:
Anne W. Carrol, in
In summary, when asked what is the greatest event in all of history – our answer is “The Incarnation.” What we mean by “The Incarnation,” is not merely that point in time in which God became Man, but His entire life, death and Resurrection, and that “event” continues to this day in every valid Mass (and Divine Liturgy). It is through this Incarnation in which God redeemed the world, and it is through the Mass that this Act is still manifest for us to witness to this day, until He returns in glory.