Semper Quaerens

Hold Most Firmly To Christ

From the Office of Readings for Friday of the 5th Week of Lent:

You must hold most firmly then without any shadow of doubt that the only-begotten God, the Word, took flesh and offered himself for us as a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God. To him with the Father and the Holy Spirit patriarchs, prophets and priests under the old testament offered animals in sacrifice; to him now, under the new testament, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, with whom he is only one God, the holy Catholic Church continually offers the sacrifice of bread and wine in faith and charity throughout the whole world.

From the treatise of St Fulgentius of Ruspe To Peter on faith.

A New Identity

From the Office of Readings for Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent:

For those who believe in Christ, who are reborn not from a perishable but from an imperishable seed through the Word of the living God, not from flesh but from water and the Holy Spirit, are finally established as ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, who in times past were not a people, but are now the people of God’.

That messianic people has Christ as its head, ‘who was delivered up for our sins and rose again for our justification’, and now, having won a name which is above all names, reigns in glory in heaven.

From the Constitution of the Second Vatican Council on the Church.

Majesty Supersedes Lowliness

From the Office of Readings for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord:

Lowliness was taken by majesty, weakness by strength, mortality by eternity. To pay the debt of our fallen state, the nature which was inviolable was united with a nature which was passible. Thus, in accordance with our needs, the one and same mediator between God and man – the man Jesus Christ – was able to die in the one nature and was incapable of death in the other.

From the letters of Pope St Leo the Great

The Power of the Cross

From the Office of Readings for Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent:

How marvellous the power of the cross; how great beyond all telling the glory of the passion: here is the judgement-seat of the Lord, the condemnation of the world, the supremacy of Christ crucified.

From the sermons of Pope St Leo the Great.

The New Temple

From the Office of Readings for Monday of the 5th Week of Lent:

The temple in which our high priest has offered sacrifice was not man-made but was built by the power of God alone. For he poured out his blood before the eyes of the world: and this temple is the work of God’s hand alone.

The temple has two parts: one is the earth on which we now dwell; the other is still unknown to us while we are mortal.

From the commentary of St John Fisher on the Psalms.

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