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archs, prophets, just men, apostles, martyrs, confessors, bishops, priests, deacons, &c." And in the liturgies of the Churches of Egypt, which carry the title of St. Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and Cyril of Alexandria ; Be" mindful, O Lord, of thy saints : vouchsafe to remember all thy saints, which have pleased thee from the beginning, our holy fathers, the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors, preachers, evangelists, and all the souls of the just, which have died in the faith : and especially the holy, glorious, the evermorevirgin Mary, the mother of God; and St. John the forerunner, the baptist and martyr; St. Stephen the first deacon and martyr; St. Mark the apostle, evangelist and martyr, &c.'' and, in the liturgy of the Church of Constantinople, ascribed to St. Chrysostom; “ We offer unto thee this reasonable service, for those who are at rest in the faith, our forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets and apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, religious persons, and every spirit perfected in the faith : but especially for our most holy, immaculate, most blessed lady, the mother of God and aye-virgin Mary" : which kind of oblation for the saints sounding somewhat harshly in the ears of the Latins, Leo Thuscus in his translation thought best to express it to their better liking after this manner; “ We offer unto thee this reasonable service
m Memento, Domine, sanctorum tuorum : dignare ut recorderis omnium sanctorum tuorum, qui tibi placuerunt ab initio, patrum nostrorum sanctorum, patriarcharum, prophetarum, apostolorum, martyrum, confessorum, evangelizantium, evangelistarum, et omnium spirituum justorum, qui obierunt in fide : et imprimis sanctæ, gloriosa, semperque virginis Dei genitricis, Mariæ; et sancti Johannis præcursoris, baptistæ et martyris ; sancti Stephani protodiaconi et protomartyris ; sancti Marci apostoli, evangelistæ et martyris ; &c. Liturg. Ægyptiac. Basil. Greg. et Cyrilli, a Victorio Scialach ex Arabico convers. pag. 22, 47, et 60. edit. August. ann. 1604.
η "Ετι προσφέρομέν σοι την λογικήν ταύτην λατρείαν υπέρ των εν πίστει αναπαυσαμένων, προπατέρων, πατέρων, πατριαρχών, προφητών και αποστόλων, κηρύκων, ευαγγελιστών, μαρτύρων, ομολογητών, εγκρατευτών, και παντός πνεύματος εν πίστει τετελειωμένου. εξαιρέτως της παναγίας, αχράντου, υπερευλογημένης δεσποίνης ημών, Θεοτόκου, και árnap évov Mapiaç. Chrysost. liturg. Græc.
• Adhuc offerimus tibi rationabile hoc obsequium, pro fideliter dormientibus
for the faithfully deceased, for our fathers and forefathers, the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors, and all the saints interceding for them.” As if the phrase of offering for the martyrs were not to be found in St. Chrysostom's own works; and more universally “ for the just, both the fathers and the patriarchs, the prophets and apostles, and evangelists and martyrs and confessors, the bishops, and such as led a solitary life, and the whole order;" in the suffrages of the Church, rehearsed by Epiphanius, yea, and in the western Church itself; “ for the spirits of those that are at rest, Hilary, Athanasius, Martin, Ambrose, Augustine, Fulgentius, Leander, Isidorus, &c." as may be seen in the Muzarabical office used in Spain.
Sixthly, this may be confirmed out of the funeral orations of St. Ambrose; in one whereof, touching the emperor Valentinian and his brother Gratian, thus he speaketh; “ Lets us believe that Valentinian is ascended from the desert, that is to say, from this dry and unmanured place unto those flowery delights; where, being conjoined with his brother, he enjoyeth the pleasure of everlasting life. Blessed are you both: if my orisons shall prevail any thing; no day shall overslip you in silence; no oration of mine shall pass you over unhonoured; no night shall run by, wherein I will not bestow upon you some portion of my prayers. With all oblations will I frequent you.” In
pro patribus et proavis nostris ; intervenientibus patriarchis, prophetis, apostolis, martyribus, confessoribus, et omnibus sanctis. Chrysost. liturg. Latin.
P Ti oiai tò vaip paprópwv a poopépodar; Chrysost. homil. 21. in Act. op. tom. 9. pag. 176. et tom. 12. pag. 765.
1 Υπέρ δε δικαίων, και πατέρων και πατριάρχων, προφήτων και αποσ. τόλων, και ευαγγελιστών και μαρτύρων και ομολογητών, επισκόπων τε και αναχωρητών, και παντός του τάγματος. Epiphan. heres. 75.
+ Pro spiritibus pausantium, Hilarii, Athanasii, Martini, Ambrosii, Augustini, Fulgentii, Leandri, Isidori, &c. Offic. Muzarab. apud Eugen. Roblesium, in vita Francisci Ximenii.
Credamus quia ascendit a deserto, hoc est, ex hoc arido et inculto loco ad illas florulentas delectationes, ubi cum fratre conjunctus æternæ vitæ fruitur voluptate. Beati ambo: si quid meæ orationes valebunt: nulla dies vos silentio præteribit. Nulla inhonoratos vos mea transibit oratio. Nulla nox non donatos aliqua precum mearum contexione transcurret. Omnibus vos oblationibus frequentabo. Ambros. de obitu Valentiniani imp. op. tom. 2. pag. 1194.
another, he prayeth thus unto God: “Give rest unto thy perfect servant Theodosius, that rest which thou hast prepared for thy saints”; and yet he had said before of him; “ Theodosius" of honourable memory, being freed from doubtful fight, doth now enjoy everlasting light and continual tranquillity; and for the things which he did in this body, he rejoiceth in the fruits of God's reward: because he loved the Lord his God, he hath obtained the society of the saints.” And afterward also: “Theodosius" remaineth in light, and glorieth in the company of the saints.” In a third, he prayeth thus for his brother Saty
“ Almighty God”, I now commend unto thee his harmless soul, to thee do I make my oblation; accept mercifully and graciously the office of a brother, the sacrifice of a priest;" although he had directly pronounced of him before, that “hey had entered into the kingdom of heaven, because he believed the word of God," and excelled in many notable virtues. Lastly, in one of his epistles he comforteth Faustinus for the death of his sister, after this manner. “ Do? not the carcasses of so many half-ruined cities, and the funerals of so much land exposed under one view, admonish thee; that the departure of one woman, although a holy and an admirable one, should be borne with great consolation ? especially, seeing they are cast
Da requiem perfecto servo Theodosio, requiem quam præparasti sanctis tuis. Id. de obitu Theodosii imp. Op. tom. 2. pag. 1207.
u Absolutus igitur dubio certamine, fruitur nunc augustæ memoriæ Theodosius luce perpetua, tranquillitate diuturna ; et, pro iis quæ in hoc gessit corpore, munerationis divinæ fructibus gratulatur. Ergo quia dilexit augustæ memoriæ Theodosius Dominum Deum suum, meruit sanctorum consortia. Id. ibid.
" Manet ergo in lumine Theodosius, et sanctorum cætibus gloriatur. Ibid.
* Tibi nunc, omnipotens Deus, innoxiam commendo animam, tibi hostiam meam offero: cape, propitius ac serenus, fraternum munus, sacrificium sacerdotis. Id. de obitu fratris. Op. tom. 2. pag. 1135.
y Intravit in regnum cælorum, quoniam credidit Dei verbo, &c. Id. ibid.
2 Tot igitur semirutarum urbium cadavera, terrarumque sub eodem conspectu exposita funera ; non te admonent unius, sanctæ licet et admirabilis, fæminæ decessionem consolabiliorem habendam ? præsertim cum illa in perpetuum prostrata ac diruta sint; hæc autem, ad tempus quidem erepta nobis, meliorem illic vitam exigat. Itaque non tam deplorandam, quam prosequendam orationibus reor : nec mæstificandam lachrymis tuis, sed magis oblationibus animam ejus Domino commendandam arbitror. Id. epist. 39. Op. tom. 2. pag. 944.
down and overthrown for ever: but she, being taken from us but for a time, doth pass a better life there. I therefore think, that she is not so much to be lamented, as to be followed with prayers; and am of the mind, that she is not to be made sad with thy tears, but rather that her soul should be commended with oblations unto the Lord." Thus far St. Ambrose. Unto whom we may adjoin Gregory Nazianzen also; who, in the funeral oration that he made upon his brother Cæsarius, having acknowledged that he had “received those honours that did befit a new created soul, which the Spirit had reformed by water,” (for he had been but lately baptized before his departure out of this life), doth notwithstanding pray, " that the Lord would be pleased to receive him.” Divers instances of the like practice, in the
practice, in the ages following, I have produced in another place: to which I will add some few more, to the end that the reader may from thence observe, how long the primitive institution of the Church did hold up head among the tares that grew up with it, and in the end did quite choke and extinguish it. Our English Saxons had learned of Gregory to pray for relief of those souls, that were supposed to suffer pain in purgatory : and yet the introducing of that novelty was not able to justle out the ancient usage of making prayers and oblations, for them which were not doubted to have been at rest in God's kingdom. And therefore the brethren of the Church of Hexham, in the anniversary commemoration of the obit of Oswald king of Northumberland, used “tod keep their vigils for the health of his soul;" and, having spent the night in praising of God with psalms, “ to offer for him in the morning the sacrifice of the sacred oblation,” as Beda writeth: who telleth us yet withal, that
της νεοκτίστου ψυχής, ήν το πνεύμα δι' ύδατος άνεμόρφωσεν, άξια τα répa kaprovjevoç. Greg. Nazianz. in fun. Cæsarii, orat. 10. op. tom. 1.
• Σύν μεν δέχoιο Καισάριον. Ιbid. pag. 176.
d Vigilias pro salute animæ ejus facere; plurimaque psalmorum laude celebrata, victimam pro eo mane sacræ oblationis offerre. Bed. lib. 3. hist. ecclesiast.
“ he reigned with God in heaven,” and by his prayers procured many miracles to be wrought on earth. So likewise doth the same Bede report', that, when it was discovered by two several visions, that Hilda the abbess of Streansheal, or Whitby in Yorkshire, was carried up by the angels into heaven ; they which heard thereof presently caused prayers to be said for her soul. And Osberne relateth the like of Dunstan; that, being at Bath, and beholdings in such another vision the soul of one, that had been his scholar at Glastenbury, to be carried up into “ the palace of heaven; he straightway commended the same into the hands of the Divine piety," and entreated the Lords of the place where he was to do so likewise. Other narrations of the same kind may
be found among them that have written of saints' lives : and particularly in the tome published by Mosander, page sixty-nine, touching the decease of Bathildis queen of France; and page twenty-five, concerning the departure of Godfry earl of Cappenberg: who is said there to have appeared unto a certain abbess, called Gerbergis, and to have acquainted her, “that" he was now without all delay, and without all danger of any more severe trial, gone unto the palace of the Highest King; and, as the son of the Immortal King, was clothed
e Id. ibid. cap. 12, et 14.
| Id. lib. 4. hist. cap. 23. & Repente ad superna raptus, cujusdam discipuli nobiliter a se apud Glestoniam educati animam, innumera angelorum frequentia hinc inde stipatam, atque immensi luminis fulgore perfusam, ad cæli palatium provehi conspexit. Moxque in manus Divinæ pietatis eam commendans, dominos quoque loci ad commendandum invitat. Osbernus, in vita S. Dunstani. MS. in biblioth. Cottoniana et Bodleiana. Notandum vero, in Jo. Capgravii Legenda (in qua prior narrationis hujus pars ad verbum ex Osberno, ut alia de Dunstano complura, descripta cernitur) posteriorem hanc sententiam omitti penitus : in Eadmero vero (ex quo, non autem ex Osberno vel Osberto, vita Dunstani quæ Mai. 19. apud Surium legitur, est desumpta) ita tantummodo referri. Qui pro tanta gloria fratris ultra quam dici queat exultans, et immensas corde et ore Deo cunctipotenti gratias agens; sociis quid acciderit manifesta voce exposuit, et diem ac horam transitus ejus notari præcepit.
h Noveris, ait, me modo sine ulla dilatione, aut ullo severioris examinis periculo, ad Summi Regis palatium commigrasse, atque tanquam Regis Immortalis filium beata immortalitate vestitum. Vit. Godefrid. cap. 13. a Jac. Mosandro edit. Colon. ann. 1581.