Sunday, July 8, 2012

Early Church Fathers, Sunday, July 8, 2012, St Ignatius of Antioch

St Ignatius of Antioch
St Ignatius of Antioch (Photo credit: jimforest)

Follow your bishop, every one of you, as obediently as Jesus Christ followed the Father. Obey your clergy too as you would the apostles; give your deacons the same reverence that you would to a command of God. Make sure that no step affecting the Church is ever taken by anyone without the bishop’s sanction. The sole Eucharist you should consider valid is one that is celebrated by the bishop himself, or by some person authorized by him. Where the bishop is to be seen, there let all his people be; just as, wherever Jesus Christ is present, there is the Catholic Church. Letter to the Smyrneans
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