When Christ Dwelleth in Us

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In this morning's lesson at Matins (Votive Office of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Thursday), Saint Cyril of Alexandria addresses those who would stay away from The Blessing, that is, Holy Communion, for fear of their unworthiness. Then, he enumerates the benefits of Christ dwelling in us eucharistically:

Wherefore I counsel thee to betake thee to godly thoughts,
and to live carefully and holily,
and so to receive that Blessing --
a Blessing which, believe me, doth banish not death only,
but all diseases likewise.
For when Christ dwelleth in us,
He stilleth the law of death in our members,
which warreth against the law of our mind (Rom 8:23).
He giveth strength to godliness,
He turneth to calm the turbulent surging of our mind,
He cureth them which are sick.
He raiseth up them which are fallen,
and like the Good Shepherd, Which giveth His life for the sheep,
He prevaileth that the sheep perish not.

(Book IV on John, Chapter XVII)

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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