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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol I:
IGNATIUS: Chapter VIII.—Let nothing be done...

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Chapter VIII.—Let nothing be done without the bishop.

See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution 1027 of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper 1028 Eucharist, which is [administered] either p. 90 by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize or to celebrate a love-feast; but whatsoever he shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid. 1029

See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Christ Jesus does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles. Do ye also reverence the deacons, as those that carry out [through their office] the appointment of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper 1030 Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as where Christ is, there does all the heavenly host stand by, waiting upon Him as the Chief Captain of the Lord’s might, and the Governor of every intelligent nature. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize, or to offer, or to present sacrifice, or to celebrate a love-feast. 1031 But that which seems good to him, is also well-pleasing to God, that everything ye do may be secure and valid.


Footnotes

89:1027

Or, “command.”

89:1028

Or, “firm.”

90:1029

Or, “firm.”

90:1030

Or, “firm.”

90:1031

Some refer the words to the Lord’s Supper.


Next: Chapter IX.—Honour the bishop.

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