Friday, May 2, 2014

After the great and wonderful words...

No one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely,
Jesus Christ, alleluia. – I Cor 3:11 (Today’s Communion Antiphon)

Fr David Toups ~ Florida ~ USA

"You shall see the Levites bringing loaves and a cup of wine, and placing them on the table. So long as the prayers of supplication and entreaties have not been made, there is only bread and wine. But after the great and wonderful prayers have been completed, then the bread is become the Body, and the wine the Blood, of our Lord Jesus Christ.
'And again:' Let us approach the celebration of the mysteries. This bread and this wine, so long as the prayers and supplications have not taken place, remain simply what they are. But after the great prayers and holy supplications have been sent forth, the Word comes down into the bread and wine - and thus His Body is confected."
-"Sermon to the Newly Baptized" ante 373 A.D.

St Athanasius
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Alexandria ~ c. 297-373
 "The Father of Orthodoxy"
Battled against Arianism*  
(*heresy that denies divinity of Christ)

“Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave. Deeds and actions that energise others belong only to the living. Well, then, look at the facts in this case. The Saviour is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over the world, both within and beyond the Greek-speaking world, to accept His faith and be obedient to His teaching. Can anyone, in face of this, still doubt that He has risen and lives, or rather that He is Himself the Life? Does a dead man prick the consciences of men...?” ― Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation   

St Athanasius, pray for us!
Orthodoxy, a classic by G. K. Chesterton, builds on the many themes of the Father and Doctor of Orthodoxy, St Athanasius. Go here to obtain a free ebook. (There are other excellent free, full version online books here, too.) 
Hat tip: Catholic Fire

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