Posted April 17, 2006 in Lent and Easter:
I Have Destroyed Death

by Bishop Melito of Sardis (2nd Century).

The Lord, though he was God, became man. He suffered for the sake of those who suffer; he was bound for those in bonds, condemned for the guilty, buried for those who lie in the grave.

But he rose from the dead and cried aloud: Who will contend with me? Let him confront me. I have freed the condemned, brought the dead back to life, raised men from their graves. Who has anything to say against me? I am the Christ.

I have destroyed death, triumphed over the enemy, trampled hell underfoot, bound the strong one, and taken men up to the heights of heaven: I am the Christ.

Come, then, all you nations of men, receive forgiveness for the sins that defile you. I am your forgiveness. I am the Passover that brings salvation. I am the lamb who was immolated for you. I am your ransom, your life, your resurrection, your light. I am your salvation and your king. I will bring you to the heights of heaven. With my own right hand, I will raise you up, and I will show you the eternal Father.

— Excerpted from The Office of Readings for Monday within the Octave of Easter.


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