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Symeon the New Theologian - Bilingual Anthology


from the Moral Speeches, * Excerpt from speech 10. Translated by Elpenor  * Greek Fonts


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About this also the Theologian thus speaks, Gregory: "This exactly that the sun is to sensible things, this is God to spiritual."

For He will be the future age and the eternal day and kingdom of heavens, brideroom and bed and earth of the peaceful and divine paradise and king and servant, as himself has thus spoke: "Blessed are those servants, their Lord will come and find awake. Verily I say to you, He will lie them in comfort and He will be prepared to serve them" (Luke 12.37).

Περ τούτου γρ κα ὁ θεολόγος οὕτως λέγει Γρηγόριος· "Ὅπερ ἐστ τοῖς αἰσθητοῖς ἥλιος, τοῦτο τοῖς νοητοῖς Θεός".

Οὗτος γρ ἔσται κα ὁ μέλλων αἰν κα ἡ ἀνέσπερος ἡμέρα κα βασιλεία οὐρανῶν, νυμφν κα παστς κα γῆ πραέων κα θεῖος παράδεισος κα βασιλες κα διάκονος, καθς αὐτς οὕτως εἴρηκε· "Μακάριοι οἱ δοῦλοι ἐκεῖνοι, ος ἐλθν ὁ κύριος αὐτῶν εὑρήσει γρηγοροῦντας· ἀμν γρ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἀνακλινεῖ αὐτος κα περιζωσάμενος διακονήσει αὐτοῖς."


Cf. MACARIUS THE GREAT : Overcome by Heavenly Desire ||| GREGORY PALAMAS : Calling everything near Him

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