Saturday, December 26, 2009

Saint Fulgentius on Saint Stephen

Stephen ascends as the Jews stone him, because Christ has descended as the Angels rejoiced. Yesterday the Angels sang exultingly, Glory to God in the Highest;" today they have joyously received blessed Stephen into their midst. Yesterday Christ was wrapped for us in swaddling clothes; today Stephen is clothed by Him with the stole of immortality. Yesterday the narrow crib carried the infant Christ; today the boundless heavens receive the triumphant Stephen. Our Lord descended alone that He might make many ascend; our King has humbled Himself that He might exalt His soldiers.

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