Origines Ecclesiasticae Volume 7

Origines Ecclesiasticae Volume 7

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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. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... was spent in a vigil or pernoctation, when they assembled together to perform all parts of Divine service, psalmody, and reading the Scripture, the Law, the Prophets, and the Gospel, praying and preaching, and baptizing such of their catecbumens as presented themselves to baptism: all which acts are particularly mentioned by the author of the Constitutions' in his description of the Paschal vigil. The-account of the several vigils observed in the Church has been given in a former Bookz" here I only take notice of this one, which was the most famous of all others, between the Great Sabbath and Easter-day. Cf which there is frequent mention made in the ancient writers, Chrysostom," Epiphanius, ' Palladius, Y Gregory Nyssen, ' and many others: particularly Lactantius and St. Jerom tell us, they observed it upon a double account. " This is the night," says Lactantius," " which we observe with a pernoctation or watching all the night for the advent of our King and God: of which night there is a twofold reason to be given: because in this night our Lord was raised to life a ain after his Passion; and in the same he is expected to reeurn to receive the kingdom of the world; that is, to come to judgment. St. Jerom says," " It was a tradition among the Jews, that Christ would come at midnight, as he did upon the Egyptians at the time of the Passover: " and thence, he thinks, "the apostolical custom came, not to dismiss the people on the Paschal vigil before midnight, expecting the coming of Christ: after which time, presuming upon security, they keep the day a festival." Eusebius says, " In the time of Constantine this vigil was kept with great pomp: for he...
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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768612
  • 9781236768612