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Our Father

by on August 29, 2011

Great reflection:

Cyril of Alexandria’s comments on the phrase “Our Father” in the Lord’s Prayer:

O boundless liberality! O incomparable gentleness, and that befits Him alone! He bestows upon us His own glory: He raises slaves to the dignity of freedom: He crowns man’s estate with such honour as surpasses the power of nature…For we have been fashioned to the sonship by that birth which is spiritually wrought in us, “not by corruptible seed, but rather by the living and abiding Word of God.

You call God Father: honour Him with ready obedience: yield submission as that which is His due: live so as He pleases: show not yourself harsh or proud, but, on the contrary, tractable and submissive, and ready without delay to follow His directions, so that He may honour you in return, and appoint you fellow-heir with Him Who is the Son by nature.

Cyril of Alexandria, Homilies on Luke

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