Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Worship, Angels, and Intercession

Since those people, remember, ordered the worship of angels, he urges the opposite, that they adorn both their words and their deeds with the memory of Christ the Lord. Offer thanks to the God and Father through him, he is saying, not through angels. Following this law and wishing to cure that ancient malady, the synod of Laodicea legislated against praying to angels and passing over our Lord Jesus Christ.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on the Letter to the Colossians, Chapter 3, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 99 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.