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How God speaks?--From St. Basil

 

And God said, "Let there be...", first let us ask how God speaks? Is it in our manner? Does His intelligence receive an impression from objects, and, after having conceived them, make them known by particular signs appropriate to each of them?

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SAINT CYRIL THE GREAT ON THE CREATION

 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." So he denies that matter shared with God the time before the beginning, eternity; or that it was uncreated, as some say.  He doesn't present something that didn't exist at one time as coinciding with and co-existant with the eternal; he doesn't confuse the temporary, something which was brought into existence ... with that which is from time immemorial; something that changes to something which is always itself; nor something which is corruptible with that which is incorruptible! 

God assumed the whole of humanity in His Incarnation

Wherefore Luke points out that the pedigree which traces the generation of our Lord back to Adam contains seventy-two generations, connecting the end with the beginning, and implying that it is He who has summed up in Himself all nations dispersed from Adam downwards, and all languages and generations of men,  together with Adam himself. Hence also was Adam himself termed by Paul "the figure of Him that was to come,"

IRENAEUS AGAINST HERESIES -- BOOK III CHAP. XXI, 3

The Church's Message--St. Cyril of Alexandria

 

Since, then, God knows and at the same time observes everything about  us, let us have a faith that is sure and stable. And let us rid ourselves of the shame coming from duplicity, remembering  what  the  blessed  Paul  writes: "Therefore, my brothers, be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in God's work." (1Cor 15:58)
 
Come, then, while offering  to God a genuine faith as a spiritual sacrifice, let us say from a heart free of suspicion, "Behold us, we will be yours, because you are the Lord our God. " (Jer 3:22)  And again, "Lord our God, take possession of us. Lord, we know not any other beside you. Your name we name." (Isa 26:13) 

Fr. Athanasius' REFUTATION OF ANBA BISHOY’S ANSWER TO THE SCHOLARLY ARTICLE BY ANBA SERAPION

Fr. Athanasius refutes H.E. Met Bishoy's answer to H.G. Bishop Serapion here: http://goo.gl/GF4BO

Fr. Athanasius on Original Sin

Fr. Athanasius refutes H.E. Met Bishoy's teaching regarding Original Sin here: http://goo.gl/DTqo2

No man taketh the honour unto himself unless he be called of God (St. Cyril)

 

A certain man drew near to Christ the Saviour of us all saying, "Teacher, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest." But He rejected the man, saying, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven a place to lodge in: but that He had not where to lay His head."

 

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The Shepherd and the Thief (from St. Cyril)

 

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.(John 10:1-5)

Canons related to the Papal Election

An email circulating on the Internet forwarded from Fr. Athanasius to the congregaion:

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He Emptied Himself

For the Only-begotten, being in the form of God the Father, and in equality with the Spirit, counted it not a prize to be on an equality with God, and through His love towards us emptied Himself of His glory,

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