Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians

Chapter VII.—An exhortation to repentance.

"These things, beloved, we write unto you, not merely to admonish you of your duty, but also to remind ourselves. For we are struggling on the same arena, and the same conflict is assigned to both of us. Wherefore let us give up vain and fruitless cares, and approach to the glorious and venerable rule of our holy calling. Let us attend to what is good, pleasing, and acceptable in the sight of Him who formed us. Let us look stedfastly to the blood of Christ, and see how precious that blood is to God, which, having been shed for our salvation, has set the grace of repentance before the whole world. Let us turn to every age that has passed, and learn that, from generation to generation, the Lord has granted a place of repentance to all such as would be converted unto Him. Noah preached repentance, and as many as listened to him were saved. Jonah proclaimed destruction to the Ninevites; but they, repenting of their sins, propitiated God by prayer, and obtained salvation, although they were aliens to the covenant of God."

Precious Father, remind and admonish us, your children, to attend to all that is good and holy, that we may repent from our fruitless cares and turn to the blood of your Son, Jesus Christ, that we may be cleansed from all sin and that the Holy Spirit may lead us into prayer, fasting and the giving of alms, finally attaining eternal salvation through thee, o Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

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