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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter II.—Congratulations and...

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Chapter II.—Congratulations and entreaties.

As to my fellow-servant Burrhus, your deacon in regard to God and blessed in all things, 501 I beg that he may continue longer, both for your honour and that of your bishop. And Crocus also, worthy both of God and you, whom I have received as the manifestation 502 of your love, hath in all things refreshed 503 me, as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ shall also refresh 504 him; together with Onesimus, and Burrhus, and Euplus, and Fronto, by means of whom, I have, as to love, beheld all of you. May I always have joy of you, if indeed I be worthy of it. It is therefore befitting that you should in every way glorify Jesus Christ, who hath glorified you, that by a unanimous obedience “ye may be perfectly joined together in the same mind, and in the same judgment, and may all speak the same thing concerning the same thing,” 505 and that, being subject to the bishop and the presbytery, ye may in all respects be sanctified.

As to our fellow-servant Burrhus, your deacon in regard to God and blessed in all things, I pray that he may continue blameless for the honour of the Church, and of your most blessed bishop. Crocus also, worthy both of God and you, whom we have received as the manifestation 506 of your love to us, hath in all things refreshed 507 me, and “hath not been ashamed of my chain,” 508 as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ will also refresh 509 him; together with Onesimus, and Burrhus, and Euplus, and Fronto, by means of whom I have, as to love, beheld all of you. May I always have joy of you, if indeed I be worthy of it. It is therefore befitting that you should in every way glorify Jesus Christ, who hath glorified you, that by a unanimous obedience “ye may be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment, and may all speak the same thing concerning the same thing,” 510 and that, being subject to the bishop and the presbytery, ye may in all respects be sanctified.


Footnotes

50:501

Or, “our most blessed deacon in all things pertaining to God.”

50:502

Literally, “pattern.”

50:503

Comp. 1 Cor. xvi. 18, etc.

50:504

Comp. 1 Cor. xvi. 18, etc.

50:505

1 Cor. i. 10.

50:506

Literally, “pattern.”

50:507

Comp. 1 Cor. xvi. 18, etc.

50:508

Comp. 2 Tim. i. 16.

50:509

Comp. 1 Cor. xvi. 18, etc.

50:510

1 Cor. i. 10.


Next: Chapter III.—Exhortations to unity.

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