Saturday, October 27, 2007

St. Ignatius of Antioch (A.D. 110)

Letter to the Smyrneans:

CHAP. VI—UNBELIEVERS IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST SHALL BE CONDEMNED.: "Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God."

CHAP. VII.—LET US STAND ALOOF FROM SUCH HERETICS.: "They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in His goodness raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes."

Letter to the Ephesians:

: ". . . and are now ready to obey your bishop and clergy with undivided minds and to share in the one common breaking of bread – the medicine of immortality, and the sovereign remedy by which we escape death and live in Jesus Christ for evermore."

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