Thursday, May 31, 2007


If anyone says "I am God," apart from the One, he should
set up a world equal to this and say, "This is mine."
He should not only set it up and call it "mine," but also should himself dwell
in that which he has made. For it has been made by this one.

Credited to Pythagoras by Pseudo-Justin, De Monarchia 2 (3rd century A.D.)

Behold, the Lord is our mirror.
Open your eyes and see them in Him.

And learn the manner of your face,
then announce praises to His Spirit.

And wipe the paint from your face,
and love His holiness and put it on.

Then you will be unblemished at all times with Him.


Ode 13 of the Odes of Solomon (early 2nd century, A.D.)

Christ Speaks

I took courage and became strong and captured the world,
and it became mine for the glory of the Most High, and of God my Father.

And the gentiles who have been scattered were gathered together,
but I was not defiled by my love for them,
because they had praised me in high places.

And the traces of light were set upon their hearts,
and they walked according to my life and were saved,
and they became my people for ever and ever.


Part of Ode 10 from the Odes of Solomon

I extended my hands
and hallowed my Lord;

For the expansion of my hands
is his sign.

And my extension
is the upright cross.


Ode 27 of the Odes of Solomon

Works from The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Volume 2, edited by JH Charlesworth (1985). Thanks Fr. Greg!


Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

How often we forget that God is our Father, and the glory that this truly means! He does take care of us.

These were far more beautiful when you read them to me yourself. Thank you for posting them.

Fr. Greg said...

You're welcome, AG. In our recension of the Syriac Rite, we use the Odes as Communion verses.

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