Friday, January 19, 2007

Fr Lev (Gillet)The whole teaching of the Latin Fathers may be found in the East, just as the whole teaching of the Greek Fathers may be found in the West. Rome has given St Jerome to Palestine. The East has given Cassian to the West and holds in special veneration that Roman of the Romans, Pope St Gregory the Great.

St Basil would have acknowledged St Benedict of Nursia as his brother and heir. St Macrina would have found her sister in St Scholastica. St Alexis ‘the man of God’, the ‘poor man under the stairs’, has been succeeded by the wandering beggar St Benedict Joseph Labré. St Nicholas would have felt as very near to him the burning charity of St Francis of Assisi and St Vincent de Paul. St Seraphim of Sarov would have seen the desert blossoming under Father Charles de Foucauld’s feet, and would have called St Thérèse of Lisieux ‘my joy’.
- Fr Lev (Gillet), ‘A Monk of the Eastern Church’

Explaining Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism to each other
О ИОРДАНЕ крещающуся тебе, Господи, троическое явися поклонение, Родителев бо глас свидетельствоваше тебе, возлюбленного тя Сына именуя, и Дух в виде голубине, извествоваше словесе утверждение. Явлейся Христе Боже, и мир просвещей, слава тебе.

HEN thou wast baptised in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to thee, calling thee his beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to thee!

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