St. Ephrem – The Deformities Made Beautiful

“Free will succeeded in making Adam’s beauty ugly, for he, a man, sought to become a god. Grace, however, made beautiful his deformities and God came to become a man. Divinity flew down to draw humanity up, for the Son had made beautiful the deformities of the servant and so he has become a god, just as he desired.” St. Ephrem the Syrian Feast Day: … Continue reading St. Ephrem – The Deformities Made Beautiful

St. John Chrysostom – “God Desired to Make Thee Immortal”

St. John Chrysostom is commemorated on various days in different liturgical calendars. The Episcopal Church remembers St. John today, January 27. On January 27, 438 his holy relics were returned to Constantinople nearly thirty-ones years after his death in exile. The following passage is from one of his sermons: If God had not intended to raise us up again; if it was His desire that … Continue reading St. John Chrysostom – “God Desired to Make Thee Immortal”