07 April 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

When I say Paul, I don't mean just him, but also Peter and James and John and their whole company. For just as in a single lyre the strings are different, but they make a single harmonious sound, so too in the company of the Apostles the persons were different but the teaching was one and the same, since there was also a single artist, the Holy Spirit, who was setting their souls in motion. - St. John Chrysostom, *Homily on the Holy Martyr Ignatius of Antioch* par. 4.


Christopher Hall said...

Fr. Weedon,

What is cool about this passage from St. John is that he is alluding to something Holy Martyr Ignatius said himself:

"Hence you should act in accord with the bishop's mind, as you surely do. Your presbytery, indeed, which deserves its name and is a credit to God, is as closely tied to the bishop as the strings to a harp. Wherefore your accord and harmonious love is a hymn to Jesus Christ.  Yes, one and all, you should form yourselves into a choir,176 so that, in perfect harmony and taking your pitch from God, you may sing in unison and with one voice to the Father through Jesus Christ. Thus he will heed you, and by your good deeds he will recognize you are members of his Son. Therefore you need to abide in irreproachable unity if you really want to be God's members forever."(From To the Ephesians, 4)

Of course, some may want to ignore this passage for what it suggests in the first sentence. ;)

William Weedon said...

Fr. Hall,

Beautiful! I had forgotten all about that in To the Ephesians. Thanks!!!