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Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Fathers Speak: St. Gregory the Miracle Worker

The Fathers Speak:
St. Gregory 
the Miracle Worker

          St. Gregory was consecrated the first bishop of Neocaesarea in the third century.  He wrote a short creed, between A.D. 260 and 270, focused on the doctrine of the Trinity:

          One God, the Father of the living Word, of subsistent Wisdom and Power, and of the Eternal Image.  Perfect Begetter of the Perfect, Father of the only-begotten Son.  One Lord, Only of Only, God of God, Image and Likeness of the Godhead, Efficient Word, Wisdom comprehending the constitution of the universe, and Power shaping all creation.  Genuine Son of genuine Father, Invisible of Invisible, and Incorruptible of Incorruptible, and Immortal of Immortal, and Eternal of Eternal.
          And one Holy Spirit, having substance from God, and who is manifested … through the Son; Image of the Son, Perfect of the Perfect; Life, the Cause of living; Holy Fountain; Sanctity, the Dispenser of Sanctification; in whom is manifested God the Father who is above all and in all, and God the Son who is through all.  Perfect Trinity, in glory and eternity and sovereignty neither divided nor estranged.
          Wherefore there is nothing either created or subservient in the Trinity, nor anything caused to be brought about, as if formerly it did not exist and was afterwards introduced.  Wherefore neither was the Son ever lacking to the Father, nor the Spirit to the Son; but without variation and without change, the same Trinity forever.