Melito, On Faith

Posted by: Richenda at Sunday September 28, 2008 in


I won’t show you the state of my dining room table—Okay, I will.

(That’s my kitty, Abbey. She’s helping.)

Suffice it to say I have a paper due. The topic? The book of Psalms in the Second Temple period (especially Psalm 1 and 91) viewed through the eyes of the mystics with an apocryphal exegesis. I haven’t yet, but I’ll throw some early Christian stuff in there, too.

Um…yeah. I know you’re jealous. :)

And I can tell you right now the professor will read it through and tell me that I tried to do too much in an eight page paper. In this way he will succinctly name the cause of all the troubles in my life.

But equally cool to this stack of Qumran texts and pseudepigrapha (accompanied by a far greater stack of scholarly interpretation) is this prayer by Melito. I discovered it while thumbing through the Ante-Nicene Fathers volume VIII. It is so wonderful I had to share it.


On Faith

We have collected together extracts
from the Law and the Prophets
relating to those things which have been declared
concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, that we may prove
to your love that this Being is perfect reason,
the Word of God;
He who was begotten before the light;
He who is Creator together with the Father;
He who is the Fashioner of man;
He who is all in all;
He who among the patriarchs is Patriarch;
He who in the law is the Law;
among the priests, Chief Priest;
among kings, the Ruler;
among prophets, the Prophet;
among the angels, Archangel;
in the voice of the preacher, the Word;
among spirits, the Spirit;
in the Father, the Son;
in God, God;
King for ever and ever.
For this is He who was pilot to Noah;
He who was guide to Abraham;
He who was bound with Isaac;
He who was in exile with Jacob;
He who was sold with Joseph;
He who was captain of the host with Moses;
He who was the divider of the inheritance with Jesus the son of Nun;
He who in David and the prophets announced His own sufferings;
He who put on a bodily form in the Virgin;
He who was born in Bethlehem;
He who was wrapped in swaddling-clothes in the manger;
He who was seen by the shepherds;
He who was glorified by the angels;
He who was worshipped by the Magi;
He who was pointed out by John;
He who gathered together the apostles;
He who preached the kingdom;
He who cured the lame;
He who gave light to the blind;
He who raised the dead;
He who appeared in the temple;
He who was not believed on by the people;
He who was betrayed by Judas;
He who was apprehended by the priests;
He who was condemned by Pilate;
He who was pierced in the flesh;
He who was hanged on the tree;
He who was buried in the earth;
He who rose from the place of the dead;
He who appeared to the apostles;
He who was carried up to heaven;
He who is seated at the right hand of the Father;
He who is the repose of those that are departed;
the recoverer of those that are lost;
the light of those that are in darkness;
the deliverer of those that are captive;
the guide of those that go astray;
the asylum of the afflicted;
the bridegroom of the Church;
the charioteer of the cherubim;
the captain of the angels;
God who is from God;
the Son who is from the Father;
Jesus Christ the King for evermore!


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