May 1, 2017

St. Gregory of Nazianzus on St. Athanasius' Virtue

Saint Athanasius
When I praise Athanasius, virtue itself is my theme: for I name every virtue as often as I mention him who was possessed of all virtues. He was the true pillar of the Church. His life and conduct were the rule of bishops, and his doctrine the rule of the orthodox faith.
 — St.Gregory of Nazianzus, Doctor of the Church (330–390) 

Prayer for the Intercession of St. Athanasius

Almighty ever-living God, who raised up your Bishop Saint Athanasius as an outstanding champion of your Son's divinity, mercifully grant, that, rejoicing in his teaching and his protection, we may never cease to grow in knowledge and love of you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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