13 April 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

On this holy day when the Western Church celebrates the Institution of the Eucharist, some wise words from St. Cyril of Jerusalem:

Therefore with fullest assurance let us partake of the body and blood of Christ: for in the figure of the bread is given thee His body and in the figure of the wine His blood; that thou, by partaking of the body and blood of Christ, mightest be made of the same body and blood with Him. For thus we come to bear Christ in us, because His body and blood are diffused through our members; thus it is that, according to the blessed Peter, we become partakers of the divine nature... Contemplate therefore the bread and wine not as bare elements, for they are, according to the Lord's declaration, the body and blood of Christ; for though sense suggests this to thee, let faith establish thee. Judge not the matter from taste, but from faith be fully assured without misgiving, that thou hast been vouchsafed the body and blood of Christ. - On the Eucharistic Food, par. 3, 6 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem

1 comment:

Eric Phillips said...

Great stuff!