Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Early Church Fathers, Sunday, May 15, 2011, Ignatius of Antioch

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Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. . . . They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes.

(Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2-7:1 [A.D. 110]).

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