The Gospel According to St. Mark ends abruptly, with no shortage of heartburn for those trying to explain why. For me, I believe it is intentional, meant to urge the audience to a great leap of faith. “But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you […]
Let all pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their […]
In studying Melito of Sardis, I happened upon his preaching on the Passover (which I am reposting for this Easter). This is the oldest surviving sermons outside of the New Testament, and as such provides much insight into the heart and mind of this little know Preacher. From time to time, I will offer segments […]
But our very Life descended hither, and bore our death, and slew it, out of the abundance of His own life; and thundering He called loudly to us to return hence to Him into that secret place whence He came forth to us — first into the Virgin’s womb, where the human creature was married […]
Easter did not come from Ishtar. Those who specialize in word origins (specialize, not blog or write Chick Tracts) debate the origin of this in the English language. Many refer to Bede’s 899 work that seemed to introduce it. But, what is the holiday actually called? If you want to get religious about it, it […]
But if any honest Christian wants to know why the Lord suffered death on the cross and not in some other way, we answer thus: in no other way was it expedient for us, indeed the Lord offered for our sakes the one death that was supremely good. He had come to bear the curse […]
O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded With thorns, Thine only crown. O sacred Head, what glory, What bliss, till now was Thine! Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. Men mock and taunt and jeer Thee, Thou noble countenance, Though mighty worlds shall […]
Yes. I know.
Read here I said it once and I will say it again! Those who devise non bibilically prescribed customs and feasts to the Christian faith are the ones who are “doing the work of the devil” reducing Christianity into a “fairy tale” with Santa Claus, Eastern Bunny and, of course, egg hunts, and certainly a […]
This week, I am going back through my old posts on Melito of Sardis. So, here we go, a bit more from his Passover Homily.