Author Archive | John Clarke

If I should forget you, Jerusalem

From a discourse on the psalms by Saint Bruno, priest If I should forget you, Jerusalem How beautiful are your tabernacles! My soul longs to reach the courts of the Lord, the fullness of the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the Lord. He then explains why he desires to enter the courts of the Lord. […]

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Christ Spoke of His Body as a Temple

From a commentary on John by Origen, priest Christ spoke of his body as a temple Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. It seems to me that Jesus meant the Jews in this episode to stand for sensual men and those desirous of carnal and sensual things. These Jews […]

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To the Newly Baptized on the Eucharist

From the treatise On the Mysteries by Saint Ambrose, bishop To the newly baptized on the Eucharist Fresh from the waters and resplendent in these garments, God’s holy people hasten to the altar of Christ, saying: I will go in to the altar of God, to God who gives joy to my youth. They have […]

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Instruction on The Postbaptismal Rites

From the treatise On the Mysteries by Saint Ambrose, bishop Instruction on the postbaptismal rites After this you went up to the priest. Consider what followed. Was it not what David spoke of when he said: Like oil on the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron? This is the oil spoken […]

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We are Born Again of Water and the Holy Spirit

From the treatise On the Mysteries by Saint Ambrose, bishop We are born again of water and the Holy Spirit What did you see in the baptistery? Water certainly, but not water alone. You saw the levites ministering there, the high priest asking questions and consecrating. First of all, the Apostle taught you that we […]

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