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- Our Divine Saviour and Other Discourses, 3rd edition, by the Right Rev. J.C. Hedley, OSB, Bishop of Newport (London: Burns & Oates; New York: Benzinger, 1905). May be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive and Open Library.
See also the texts and ebooks listed on the page God and Christ, as well as the following texts on the mystery of the Incarnation:
- Cur Deus Homo [Why God Became Man], by St. Anselm of Canterbury. The text in Latin and its English translation may be downloaded in pdf format at Saints’ Books.
- The Divinity of Christ, by Joseph Rickaby, S.J. (London, Edinburgh: Sands & Company; St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1906). With Imprimatur. Part of the Westminster Lectures (Second Series), edited by the Rev. Francis Aveling. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive.
- The Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Demonstratively Proved from Scripture, from Tradition, and from Some of the Writings of the Most Eminent Catholic and Protestant Authors Who Have Treated on this Subject; in Twenty-Seven Letters Addressed to the Rev. Charles Le Blanc, by Verax, a Catholic Layman, identified as M.D. Talbot (London: T. Jones; C. Dolman; J. Brown; P. and M. Andrews, 1843). May be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive, with a second copy at Internet Archive.
- Dogmatic Theology IV. Christology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Incarnation, by Joseph Pohle, translated by Arthur Preuss (St. Louis: Herder, 1916). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive. The 2nd edition (1913) is also available on Open Library and Internet Archive.
- Encyclical “Sempiternus Rex Christus” on the Council of Chalcedon, by Pope Pius XII, 8 September 1951. May be read online on this page of Catholic Culture and on this page of the EWTN Library; and available in pdf format and may be read online at the Holy See.
- Four Discourses Against the Arians, by St. Athanasius of Alexandria (296-373 AD). May be read online on this page of New Advent. [These discourses provide a detailed exposition of the authentic doctrine of the Incarnation of Christ our Lord, and a systematic refutation of objections to that doctrine.
- “His Only Son”: The Truth of the Divinity of Christ, by William F. Robison, S.J. (St. Louis, Mo.; London: B. Herder, 1918). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats (pdf, text, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.) at Internet Archive.
- The Incarnation, Birth, and Infancy of Jesus Christ, or, The Mysteries of the Faith, by Saint Alfonso Maria de’ Liguori [St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori], ed. Eugene Grimm (New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1886). With Approbation from the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Available on Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: MSN; Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto). May be downloaded in PDF format through the Saints’ Books index.
- “Mary’s Role in the Incarnation”, by Jacques Servais, S.J., translated by Michelle Borras, Communio: International Catholic Review, vol. 30, pp. 5-25 (Spring 2003). Available in PDF format (through this page) at Communio: International Catholic Review.
- On the Incarnation, in 7 books, by John Cassian (c. 360-c. 435). May be read online on this page of New Advent. [N.B., This treatise provides a detailed exposition of the authentic doctrine of the Incarnation of Christ our Lord, and a systematic refutation of objections to that teaching. However, please read Cassian’s definition of grace with prayerful caution, as it partly reflects his personal opinion and not the authoritative teaching of the Church.]
- Outlines of Dogmatic Theology, 2nd ed., by Sylvester Joseph Hunter, S.J. (London, New York, Bombay, Calcutta: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1909). With Imprimatur. Volume II (The One God, the Blessed Trinity, Creation and the Angels, Man Created and Fallen, the Incarnation, the Blessed Virgin Mary) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The Preparation of the Incarnation, by Henry James Coleridge, S.J. (London: Burns and Oates, 1885). Available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. Also available at Forgotten Books (with some pages limited to members).
- Sermons of St. Bernard on Advent and Christmas; including the Famous Treatise on the Incarnation called “Missus Est”, by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, compiled and translated from the 1508 edition of his Sermons and Letters, with Introduction by the Right Rev. J.V. Hedley, OSB, Bishop of Newport (London, Manchester, Glasgow: R.T. Washbourne; New York, Chicago, Cincinnati: Benziger Bros., 1909). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, djvu, txt, Daisy, and kindle/mobi formats at Open Library and Internet Archive.
Posted on the Feast of the Annunciation of the Incarnation of our God and Savior Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary Theotokos in the one true and Catholic Church. For other texts and ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title), the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject), the List of Worth-It Catholic Books & eBooks, and the main page of the Catholic eBooks Project. Oremus:
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of the resurrection. (Postcommunio, Feast of the Annunciation, Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite; Collect, 4th Sunday of Advent, Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite)
“[T]he Angel Gabriel was sent from God… [t]o a virgin… and the name of the virgin was Mary. And the Angel… said to her: ‘Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou among women… Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name, Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High… The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God…’ And Mary said: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.'” (St. Luke i, 26-38, quotation marks supplied)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us: and we saw his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth… And of his fulness we all have received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, grace and truth by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (St. John i, 1-3, 14-18)
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law: That he might redeem those who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.” (Galatians iv, 4-6)
“For our God, Jesus Christ, was, according to the appointment of God, conceived in the womb by Mary, of the seed of David, but by the Holy Ghost. He was born and baptized, that by His passion He might purify the water… God Himself being manifested in human form for the renewal of eternal life… Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David according to the flesh, being both the Son of man and the Son of God” (St. Ignatius of Antioch [c.35-c.108 AD], Epistle to the Ephesians, xviii-xx)
“With regard to Christ, the law and the prophets and the evangelists have proclaimed that He was born of a virgin, that He suffered upon a beam of wood, and that He appeared from the dead; that He also ascended to the heavens, and was glorified by the Father, and is the Eternal King; that He is the perfect Intelligence, the Word of God, who was begotten before the light; that He was the Founder of the universe… that He is All in all… God of God; Son of the Father; Jesus Christ; King for ever and ever. Amen.” (St. Irenaeus of Lyon [c.130-c.200 AD], Fragments liii)
“[M]y Son… [when] I see that outward form of Yours before my eyes, the hidden Form is shadowed forth in my mind, O holy One. In Your visible form I see Adam, and in Your hidden form I see Your Father, who is joined with You. Have You then shown me alone Your Beauty in two Forms? Let Bread shadow forth You, and also the mind; dwell also in Bread and in the eaters thereof. In secret, and openly too, may Your Church see You, as well as Your Mother… The Son of the Most High came and dwelt in me, and I became His Mother; and as by a second birth I brought Him forth so did He bring me forth by the second birth, because He put His Mother’s garments on, she clothed her body with His glory.” (St. Ephraim the Syrian [306-373 AD], Hymns on the Nativity, xi, xii)
Additional Note: This post also marks the 10th anniversary of the Catholic eBooks Project, which began with its 25 March 2011 post Online eBook: “Christian Moral Principles”, by Germain Grisez (with brief introduction), unintendedly but fittingly published on the Feast of the Annunciation. Therefore, it is specially dedicated, in adoration and thanksgiving, to the Divine, Eternal, Incarnate, Crucified, Resurrected, Eucharisted Logos, our Lord Jesus Christ; with gratitude as well to all His saints, with all the readers of the Project, for their prayers.