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he also was a man. And he blessed the wine, saying, “Drink, this is my blood,” the blood of the vine. The holy stream of gladness (a)Amyopet) allegorically represents the Word, who for the sake of many shed his blood for the remission of sins. And that he who drinks ought to be temperate, he clearly manifested by the things which he taught at the feast. For he did not teach being intoxicated; and he shewed again that what was blessed was wine, saying to his disciples, “I will not drink of the fruit of this vine, until I shall drink it with }. in the kingdom of my 'ather l’’
The meat and drink of the divine Word, is the knowledge of
the divine essence.
* Xrpalpara, miscellanies.
To drink of Christ's blood, is to partake of his incorruption by the unction of his Spirit.
Clem. Alex. Paed. Lib. ii. p. 151.
The blood of the Lord is two-fold. The one is carnal by which we are redeemed from corruption; the other is spiritual; and it is this by which we are anointed. And to partake of the Lord's incorruption is to drink the blood of Jesus. For the strength of the Word is the Spirit, as blood is the strength of the flesh. And analogously the wine is mixed with the water, and spirit with the man. And the one, viz. the mixture, saturates unto faith;
Clementis Alexandrini Stromatum.
Lib. vii. p. 717.
But if he, who from his nature wants nothing, delights in being honoured; we not unreasonably honour God with prayer; and we send up with righteousness this the bestand most holysacrifice, venerating him in his most holy word, through which we receive knowledge, and by this giving him glory in the things which we have been taught. The assembly, therefore, of those who come together for prayer is there our earthly altar, which has as it were one common voice and one opinion.
Prayers and praises are the constant sacrifices of a believer.
fore eating, and psalms and hymns after eating and before going to rest, and |. again at night. By these he unites himself to the heavenly chorus by a perpetual memorial, being enrolled in their ever present contemplation. But . he not recognize another sacrifice, the giving both of instruction and money to the destitute P Most certainlv. But he does not use wi, mouth amany-worded prayer, having learnt what it is needful to ask from the Lord. He will pray, therefore, in every place, but not right opposite to, nor openly before the multitude,
We eat the flesh and blood of Christ by partaking of the divine word and wisdom.
Basilii, &c. Epist. viii. Tom.iii. p.83. (Bened.edit. Paris.1721.)
For “he who eats me, he says, shall live by me.” For we eat his flesh and drink his blood, being partakers through his incarnation and perceptible life of the word and of wisdom. For he called all his mystical sojourning flesh and blood, and he signified the teaching which was involved in his practical and physical and theological (life, or sojourning, or teaching)" by which the soul is nourished, and is prepared meanwhile for the contemplation of the things that exist, and this, perhaps, is manifested by that saying.
* Either own, or stronuta, or ČučaakaAta must be understood.