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Epistle CXXI: to Theodore, Bishop of Tyana


The following is a letter of thanks for an Easter Gift. Theodore had quite recently been made Archbishop of Tyana.


Theodore, to whom several letters are addressed, was a native of Arianzus, and an intimate friend of Gregory.

by Gregory Nazianzen in 383 | translated by Charles Gordon Browne, M.A., James Edward Swallow, M.A

We rejoice in the tokens of love, and especially at such a season, and from one at once so young a man, and so perfect; and, to greet you with the words of Scripture, stablished in your youth,(a) for so it calls him who is more advanced in wisdom than his years lead us to expect. The old Fathers prayed for the dew of heaven. and fatness of the earth(b) and other such things for their children, though perhaps some may understand these things in a higher sense; but we will give you back all in a spiritual sense. The Lord fulfil all thy requests,(g) and mayest thou be the father of such children(d) (if I may pray for you concisely and intimately) as you yourself have shewn yourself to your own parents, so that we, as well as every one else, may be glorified concerning you.

Taken from "The Early Church Fathers and Other Works" originally published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. in English in Edinburgh, Scotland, beginning in 1867. (LNPF II/VII, Schaff and Wace). The digital version is by The Electronic Bible Society, P.O. Box 701356, Dallas, TX 75370, 214-407-WORD.

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