Tuesday, October 24, 2017


In the darkness of this morning's Vigils, we listened to these consoling words of Saint Hippolytus of Rome:

…as the Word shows his compassion and his denial of all respect of persons…he enlightens them and adapts them…like a skillful physician, understanding the weakness of men. The ignorant he loves to teach, and the stumbling he turns again to his own true way. And he is easily found by those who live by faith; and to those of pure eye and holy heart who desire to knock at the door, he opens immediately, for he does not turn away any of his servants as unworthy of the divine mysteries. He does not esteem the rich man more highly than the poor, nor does he despise the poor man for his poverty…But he searches for all and desires to save all, wishing to make all the children of God and calling all the saints unto one perfect man...

For although the Word of God was without flesh, he took upon himself the holy flesh by the holy Virgin. And he prepared a robe which he wove for himself like a bridegroom in the sufferings of the cross, in order that by uniting his own power with our mortal body and by mixing the incorruptible with the corruptible and the strong with the weak, he might save perishing man. 

Photograph by Brother Brian. Lines from The Treatise on Christ and Antichrist by Hippolytus of Rome.