“We needed an Incarnate God, a God put to death”

We needed an Incarnate God, a God put to death, that we might live. We were put to death together with Him, that we might be cleansed; we rose again with Him because we were put to death with Him; we were glorified with Him, because we rose again with Him. Many indeed are the miracles of that time: God crucified; the sun darkened and again rekindled; for it was fitting that the creatures should suffer with their Creator; the veil rent; the Blood and Water shed from His Side; the one as from a man, the other as above man; the rocks rent for the Rock’s sake; the dead raised for a pledge of the final Resurrection of all men; the Signs at the Sepulchre and after the Sepulchre, which none can worthily celebrate; and yet none of these equal to the Miracle of my salvation. A few drops of Blood recreate the whole world, and become to all men what rennet is to milk, drawing us together and compressing us into unity.

St Gregory of Nazianzus

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9 Responses to “We needed an Incarnate God, a God put to death”

  1. whitefrozen says:

    I was just reading some of Nyssa the other day – ‘On Not Three Gods’, I believe. If his writing was used in philosophy classes, the world would be a better place.

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      I’ve been reading St Gregory Nyssen the past couple of weeks–specifically “On Not Three Gods” and Epistle 35 (“To Peter”). I’m finding him difficult, more difficult than either St Basil or the Nazianzen. I hope to start posting some stuff on these two pieces within the next week or so. I hope.

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  2. Jon Anderson says:

    Reblogged this on The Mystical Axis.

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  3. Karen says:

    “A few drops of Blood recreate the whole world, and become to all men what rennet is to milk, drawing us together and compressing us into unity.”

    This is the first time I’ve seen Christ’s constitution of the Church being compared to making cheese. 🙂

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    • Fr Aidan Kimel says:

      Someone needs to write something on the Church as dairy farm. 🙂

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      • David Llewellyn Dodds says:

        Should I mention Charles Williams’s poem, “To Michal: On bringing her Breakfast in Bed” (Windows of Night), with its references (playing with mysterious early Welsh poetry) to “the buttery / In the land of the Trinity”?

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  4. Adam Sweilem says:

    Reblogged this on Orthodoxios and commented:
    An amazing quote from St Gregory of Nazianzus

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  5. I really like the icon you used for this post. Do you have any info about it? How old, where from, and especially, what all the writing on it says? Thanks!

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