26 February 2008

Patristic Quote of the Day

What is the cause of this festival? It is that the Savior hath newly constructed for us a way of salvation, untrodden by them of old time. For the law, which the all-wise Moses ordained, was for the reproof of sin, and the condemnation of offences; but it justified absolutely no one. For the very wise Paul writes, Whosoever rejected the law of Moses, was put to death without mercy at the mouth of two or three witnesses. But our Lord Jesus Christ, having removed the curse of the law, and proved the commandment which condemns to be powerless and inoperative, became our merciful High Priest, according to the words of the blessed Paul. For He justifies the wicked by faith, and sets free those held captive by their sins. -- St. Cyril of Alexandria, Homily 40 on Luke

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