Wise Thoughts…

O strange and inconceivable thing! We did not really die, we were 
not really buried, we were not really crucified and raised again, 
but our imitation was but a figure, while our salvation is in 
reality. Christ was actually crucified, and actually buried, and 
truly rose again; and all these things have been vouchsafed to us, 
that we, by imitation communicating in His sufferings, might gain 
salvation in reality. O surpassing loving-kindness! Christ 
received the nails in His undefiled hands and feet, and endured 
anguish; while to me without suffering or toil, by the fellowship 
of His pain He vouchsafed salvation. 

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, On the Christian Sacraments.


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