Recovery from sin by Amphilochius of Iconium

“The healthy do not need a physician. But that nature, which was weighed down by many diseases, obtained such a great physician that, once healed of its disease, it recovered a state of health even better than when it had been well before. But where now is that hostile and bewildered dragon? Where is that... Continue Reading →

Freedom through a virgin by Amphilochius of Iconium

“In what does this new and wondrous doctrine consist? What is this benevolence of divine Providence, which in becoming mortal reveals its omnipotence? What a grand and most wise strategy against the devil! The world, which had once fallen under the power of sin because of a virgin, is now restored to freedom because of... Continue Reading →

Nursing who nurtures the world by Amphilochius of Iconium

Amphilochius puts words into elder Simeon's mouth and says: “It is enough, O Virgin, to be called the Mother. It suffices to be the nurse of him who nurtures the world. It is a great thing to have held within your flesh the One who upholds all things.” Amphilochius of Iconium, On the birth of... Continue Reading →

Mary’s sorrows turn to joy by Amphilochius of Iconium

“As you see, Simeon called a "sword" the many thoughts that wounded her breast and reached unto the joints and marrow. The Virgin Mary fell into these thoughts, because she did not yet know about the power of the Resurrection and did not know that it was near. And so, after the Resurrection, the sword... Continue Reading →

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