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1st Sunday after the Epiphany & Ambrose Homily

(Latin: The Feast of the Holy Family)

Let us pray:O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Romans xii. 1 & St. Luke ii. 41 - Psalm 72

The selected homily from St Amborse [ca. 380 AD] is to be found here with art and lessons.

St Ambrose's homily concludes with this statement targeted at Arian heretics."The heretics say that, as the Son was sent by the Father, therefore the Father is greater than the Son; and, if the Father be greater than the Son, there is then somewhat in which the Son is less than the Father; yea, and that he, since he was as one sent, hath of necessity, need of some strengthening from outside himself, But was he subject to his Mother? Was he less than she? God forbid!"

As in the time of Ambrose, today the Church faces many heretical clerics who desire to mislead the faithful in doctrines and practices are unorthodox – indeed dangerous for their salvation. How shall we answer these voices? The Rev Mills speaks to this. It is long, but very worthwhile. Jesus brought into this world a Light. May we, his Church, be vigilant to keep it shinning by defending it from all of those who would snuff it out.

Recovering the Art of Christian Polemics by David Mills

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