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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter I.—Praise of the bishop.

Early Church Fathers  Index     

Chapter I.—Praise of the bishop.

Which bishop, 884 I know, obtained the ministry which pertains to the common [weal], not of himself, neither by men, 885 nor through vainglory, but by the love of God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ; at whose meekness I am struck with admiration, and who by his silence is able to accomplish more than those who vainly talk. For he is in harmony with the commandments [of God], even as the harp is with its strings. Wherefore my soul declares his mind towards God a happy one, knowing it to be virtuous and perfect, and that his stability as well as freedom from all anger is after the example of the infinite 886 meekness of the living God.

Having beheld your bishop, I know that he was not selected to undertake the ministry which pertains to the common [weal], either by himself or by men, 887 or out of vainglory, but by the love of Jesus Christ, and of God the Father, who raised Him from the dead; at whose meekness I am struck with admiration, and who by His silence is able to accomplish more than they who talk a great deal. For he is in harmony with the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, even as the strings are with the harp, and is no less blameless than was Zacharias the priest. 888 Wherefore my soul declares his mind towards God a happy one, knowing it to be virtuous and perfect, and that his stability as well as freedom from all anger is after the example of the infinite meekness of the living God.


Footnotes

79:884

The bishop previously referred to.

79:885

Comp. Gal. i. 1.

79:886

Literally, “all.”

79:887

Comp. Gal. i. 1.

79:888

Luke i. 6.


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