Patristic Quote of the Week

We all look toward the East when we pray; but few know that it is because we are looking for our own former country, Paradise, which God planted in Eden in the East. – ST. BASIL THE GREAT


  1. Eze 43:1-2,4 Moreover he brought me to the gate looking eastward, and led me forth. And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came by the eastern way; and there was a voice of an army, as the sound of many redoubling their shouts, and the earth shone like light from the glory round about… And the glory of the Lord came into the house, by the way of the gate looking eastward.

    Dan 6:10 And when Daniel knew that the decree was ordered, he went into his house. And his windows were opened in his chambers toward Jerusalem, and three times in the day he knelt upon his knees, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he used to do before.

    Vulgate/Duoay-Rheims Zec. 6:12 And thou shalt speak to him, saying: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, saying: BEHOLD A MAN, THE ORIENT (i.e. East) IS HIS NAME: and under him shall he spring up, He shall build a temple to the Lord.

    Mat 24:27 For as the lightning comes out from the east and flashes to the west, so shall also be the coming of the Son of Man.

    Basil the Great: “For were we to attempt to reject such customs as have no written authority, on the ground that the importance they possess is small, we should unintentionally injure the Gospel in its very vitals; or, rather, should make our public definition a mere phrase and nothing more.”

  2. Awesome, Maximus!

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