Origines Ecclesiasticae; Or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church and Other Works with the Quotations at Length, in the Original Languages, and a Biographical Account of the Author Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...Pambo, and Isidore, and the rest of those called fathers among them, decreed that it should be buried with him in his grave, saying, "Thy money perish with thee." So little regard had those ancient monks for any thing more than what was necessary for their daily sustenance! to a monastic life, disposed of their estates in these different ways: the one gave away his whole estate at once to churches and prisons, and such monasteries as needed relief, and then, betaking himself to a small trade for his own subsistence, he spent the rest of his life in labour and prayer; but the other kept his estate in his own possession, and therewith, first building a monastery, and taking to himself a few associates, he entertained all strangers travelling that way, took care of the sick, entertained the aged, relieved the poor, and, on every Saturday and Lord's day, spread three or four tables for the refreshment of such as needed. Palladius calls this rightly xoimvixbv /3/ov, ' the communicative life, ' and the other avora%a/j.'evov /3/ov, the life of a renouncer.' And adds, J that "the question being put by some brethren to Pambo, the famous Egyptian, concerning these two brothers, ' whether of them took the better course?' he replied, ' they were both equally perfect, and acceptable in the sight of God: the one imitating the hospitality of Abraham; and the other, the zeal of Elias.'" observe one thing further, that anciently monks, by the labour of their hands, did not only provide themselves of sufficient maintenance, but had superfluities also to relieve the necessities of others. Sozomen/ says Serapion, presided over a monastery of ten thousand monks, near Arsinoe, in Egypt, who all thus laboured with their own hands, going to reap in the...
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