Translation – St Severus and the Sinful Nature

Translation – St Severus and the Sinful Nature

Excerpt from St Severus against Julian As for the word of philosophical significance which is pronounced by Job the valiant in these terms: “Who in fact would be pure from defilement? Nobody, not even if he lived only one day on the earth!” It is necessary to know that man is said to have lived […]

Translation – The Plerophories – 11-20

Translation – The Plerophories – 11-20

Text XI. – At the same time, there was yet another demonstration in Jerusalem similar to the previous one, which announced in advance the injustice which was going to be done to God. The great cross, an object of veneration, which for many years had shone and sparkled in the Church of the Ascension, was […]

Translation – The Plerophories – 10

Translation – The Plerophories – 10

Text X. The facts which are about to be reported will perhaps seem incredible and stupendous to some, but, if I am telling them, it is because pure, old and trustworthy men, as well as holy monks have told them to me and to those who were then hidden in the monastery of the Abba […]

St Severus of Antioch – Homily 21

St Severus of Antioch – Homily 21

A Catechesis which was given, according to the custom, on the Wednesday of the Great Week of Pascha, that is to say of the Passion, addressed to those who were to be judged worthy of the Holy Baptism. The term catechesis produces great fear in me, and with good reason. In fact, I consider in […]

St Severus of Antioch – Homily 56

St Severus of Antioch – Homily 56

Given on his arrival in Qinnasrin and at his reception by the faithful of the city. Only the beginning of this homily was preached, when it was interrupted due to a question of municipal affairs and disturbances, and then it was suddenly resumed at the end.   When the Great Moses ascended to Mount Sinai, […]

Translation – The Book of Councils – Introduction

Translation – The Book of Councils – Introduction

I am beginning a new project to produce an English translation of the Book of Councils by Severus, bishop of Aschmounain, from the 10th century. It was he who also compiled the History of the Patriarchs, and composed the Lamp of the Intellect. This passage is the introduction to his work, the Book of the […]

Translation – The History of the Egyptian Solitaries

Translation – The History of the Egyptian Solitaries

Summary This is a translation from French of a  Greek manuscript containing the History of the Egyptian Solitaries. This post contains the French translator’s introduction, and the first of the Apothegmata. Of course many or most of these are known to us. But I want to have a translation of these texts that I have […]

Translation – Homily 67 of St Severus of Antioch

Translation – Homily 67 of St Severus of Antioch

Text Concerning Mary, Holy Mother of God and Ever Virgin. When I want to focus my attention on the Virgin Mother of God and touch simply on the thoughts that concern her, at the beginning of my steps it seems to me that a voice comes to me from God, and sounds loudly in my […]

Translation – A Presanctified Liturgy of St Severus of Antioch

Translation – A Presanctified Liturgy of St Severus of Antioch

Summary This translation into English is of the introductory article and the text of the Presanctified Anaphora of St Severus of Antioch. It was publsihed in French in 1919, and I have translated it here into English. A Presanctified Liturgy is one in which a chalice of wine is consecrated by a portion of the […]

Translation – A Discourse by St Severus on the Virgin Mary

Translation – A Discourse by St Severus on the Virgin Mary

Notes This is a part of a discourse by St Severus of Antioch about the Virgin Mary. He especially describes the Virgin Mary as Prophet, Apostle and Martyr. This text has been translated from the French translation. I believe it may be the first English translation. The Translator from the Coptic, E. Porcher, says… The […]

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