Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"remember the Church in Syria"

"Remember me in your prayers, that I may attain to God, and remember the Church in Syria, of which I am not worthy to be called a member.  For I need your united prayer in God and your love, that the Church which is in Syria may be granted refreshment from the dew of your Church."

μνημονεύτέ μου ἐν ταῖς προσευχαῖς ὑμῶν, ἵνα θεοῦ ἐπιτύχω, καὶ τῆς ἐν Συρίᾳ ἐκκλεσίας, ὅθεν οὐκ ἄγιός εἰμι καλεῖσθαι·  ἐπιδέομαι γὰρ τῆς ἡνωμένης ὑμῶν ἐν Θεῷ προσευχῆς καὶ ἀγάπης, εἰς τὸ ἀξιωθῆναι τὴν ἐν Συρίᾳ ἐκκλησίαν διὰ τῆς ἐκκλησίας ὑμῶν δροσισθῆναι.

     St. Ignatius (d. c. 107), Magnesians 14, trans. Kirsopp Lake.  Cf. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443537404577579473069060742.html, as elsewhere.

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