Posts tagged “Cyril of Alexandria

A life-giving eucharist

Posted on July 5th, 2017

Cyril of Alexandria on Christ’s body and blood being truly present in the Supper, and the power of the Word of God. “He, being the Truth, cannot lie.” Amen! It was fitting therefore for Him to be in us both divinely by the Holy Ghost, and also, so to speak, to be mingled with our bodies by His holy flesh and precious blood: which things also we possess as a life-giving eucharist, in the form of bread and wine. For lest we should be terrified by seeing (actual) flesh and blood placed upon the holy tables of our churches, God, humbling Himself to our infirmities, infuses into the things set before us the power of life, and transforms them into the efficacy of His…

The Holy Spirit Is Always the Spirit of Christ: Part 1 of 3

Posted on July 8th, 2011

In June I gave an essay to the Concordia Catechetical Academy’s annual conference on catechesis in Sussex, Wisconsin. This year’s theme was the Third Article of the Creed. My essay was entitled “The Holy Spirit Is Always the Spirit of Christ.”   The title for this essay is suggested by several statements in Dr. David Scaer’s volume in the Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics series, Law and Gospel and the Means of Grace, statements that repeatedly connect the work of the Holy Spirit to the work and gifts of Christ. For example, Scaer states, “For Lutheran theology the Spirit’s person and work are defined christologically, that is, by Christ’s incarnation, humiliation, and exaltation. The Spirit’s work is shaped, defined, and (dare we say) confined by his…

Misericordias Domini

Posted on April 26th, 2009

Texts from Historic Lectionary: (Ezekiel 34.11-16) 1 Peter 2.21-25; John 10.11-16 Long ago, the mother of a prince gave her son advice in the form of proverbs. The section on what makes for a good wife begin with a question: “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.” But it’s not just in a wife where a man appreciates virtue. A modern-day book of proverbs would have such sayings as, “Who can find an honest auto-mechanic?” “A trustworthy lawyer, who can find?” “A virtuous politician is worth more than rubies.” In the ancient world, it was difficult to find a good shepherd. Shepherds had a dangerous job. They had to keep foolish, wandering sheep safe from ferocious predators. The…