How beautiful it is for a man to become theology

AND the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jn 1:14

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HOW beautiful it is for a man to become theology. Then whatever he does, and above all what he does spontaneously, since only what is spontaneous is true, bears witness and speaks of the fact that the Son and Lord of God was incarnate, that He was made man through the Holy Spirit and the ever-virgin Mary. […]

Fortunate is the man who is broken in pieces and offered to others, who is poured out and given to others to drink. When his time of trial comes, he will not be afraid. He will have nothing to fear. He will already have understood that, in the celebration of love, by grace man is broken and not divided, eaten and not consumed.

By grace he has become Christ, and so his life gives food and drink to his brother. That is to say, he nourishes the other’s very existence and makes it grow.

Archimandrite Vasileios of Stavronikita, “Hymn of Entry”, pp. 35-36 (tr. Elizabeth Briere; SVS Press 1984).

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THY GREAT deeds, O virgin [St John], who shall tell them? For thou hast brought forth streams of wonders, and art a well-spring of healings; and thou dost intercede for the sake of our souls, as Theologian and friend of Christ.

Kontakion at Mattins on the Feast of the Translation (Falling Asleep) of St John the Evangelist, Theologian, Virgin and Friend of Christ.

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