Lectures of the History of the Eastern Church

Lectures of the History of the Eastern Church

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...fables it recoils on its framers. The best proof that no such authority existed is the necessity of so manifest a fiction to supply the place of facts. The Eastern legend is far more pleasing, and may possibly have some slight foundation of truth. Before the Bishops finally left Nicaea, Constantine, it was said, announced that he had one favour to beg. They granted it. It was that they would return with him to Byzantium to see Metrophanes, the aged Bishop of that city, whom he called his father; and to bless by their presence the new city which he was about to found.' They came; and on the Sunday they met both the Emperor and the Bishop of the future capital of the Eastern Church. The Emperor then adjured the aged prelate to name his successor. Metrophanes replied, with a smiling countenance, that a week since it had been intimated to him in a dream, how ten days from that time his end would come, and he accordingly named Alexander of Byzantium his successor, and the boy Paul1 to be the successor of Alexander. Then turning to the Bishop of Alexandria: "You too, my brother," he said, "shall have a good suc"cessor." And, taking the young deacon Athanasius by the hand: "Behold," said he, "the noble champion of Christ! "Many conflicts will he sustain, in company not only with "my successor Alexander, but even with my next successor "Paul." With these words he laid his pall on the Holy Table for Alexander to take; and in seven days afterwards, on the 4th of June, expired in his 117th year.2 Such, according to the Byzantine tradition, was the inauguration of the two next great events of Eastern ecclesiastical history, the Foundation of the City and Church of Constantine, and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872622
  • 9781236872623