Romanian Grace

The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon. -- St. Cyril of Jerusalem

12 December, 2007

Thine advent here IX

Okay, folks.  Here's one from way back.  An oldie but goodie, from about the year 451. Please read all of it, aloud, if possible. It will give you goosebumps.

The Definition of Chalcedon

Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge One and the same son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but as yet regards his manhood, begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction in natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the Fathers has handed down to us.


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