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May 4, 2016 + On Obedience for Our Sakes

by St. Athanasius the Great ca. 297-373

For even though He was God, yet He fulfilled obedience in the flesh and according to the flesh and prevailed over the will of the flesh by the will of the Godhead, as He had said beforehand, 'I have come down from heaven not to do My own will, but the will of the Father Who sent Me, calling that of the flesh His own will, since the flesh had become His own.

It was necessary for the will of the flesh to be moved and yet subjected to the divine will, and so human disobedience is forgiven as a result of this extraordinary obedience, that of Christ for our sake.

Sermon on 'Now My soul is troubled' preserved in full in the Acts of Constantinople III, ACO II/2, 658-62, p. 660,10-17. Accessed at http://classicalchristianity.com/2016/04/28/on-obedience-for-our-sakes/.

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Bright Wednesday

Troparion

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Kontakion

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.


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