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HOLY COMMUNION

from the Moral Speeches, * Excerpts from speeches 1, 2, 10 & 14.
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1

Everyone's soul becomes brighter, the visible and material body is altered and changed to immaterial and spiritual above all senses. And how great would become in us the pleasure and joy of our meeting each other, it is certainly ineffable and inaccessible to the thought.

 

10 & 14

But if we won't sense anything more inside us than the visible food, and  some other life won't come to our knowledge, then it is just bread and only, not God, that we partook of. ... The living water passed by your soul like through a channel, because it did not find a reception worthy of it.

1

τὴν ψυχὴν λαμπροτέραν ἑκάστου γίνεσθαι, τὸ δὲ αἰσθητὸν καὶ ὑλῶδες σῶμα εἰς ἄϋλον καὶ πνευματικὸν ὑπὲρ αἴσθησιν πᾶσαν μεταποιεῖσθαί τε καὶ μεταβάλλεσθαι· ὁπόση δὲ καὶ ἡ ἐκ τῆς μετ' ἀλλήλων διαγωγῆς εὐφροσύνη καὶ ἀγαλλίασις ἡμῖν προσγίνεσθαι ἔμελλεν, ἄρρητος πάντως τῷ ὄντι καὶ λογισμοῖς ἀνεπίβατος.

10 & 14

εἰ δὲ ... οὐδὲν τῆς αἰσθητῆς τροφῆς πλέον γενόμενον ἐν ἡμῖν αἰσθανόμεθα οὐδὲ ζωὴν ἄλλην ἐν γνώσει λαμβάνομεν, ἄρτον λοιπὸν μόνον ψιλόν, οὐχὶ δὲ καὶ Θεὸν μετελάβομεν. ... Tὸ ζῶν ὕδωρ διῆλθεν ὡς διὰ ῥύακος τῆς σῆς ψυχῆς, ἐπειδὴ ἀξίαν ἑαυτοῦ οὐχ εὗρεν ὑποδοχήν.

Cf. GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN : God with Gods is being united ||| GREGORY OF NYSSA : Christ is always born in our soul, Everything that is free will be united with virtue ||| CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA : Becoming Temples of God

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