The golden legend : readings on the saints by Jacobus de Voragine, William Granger Ryan, Eamon Duffy

By Jacobus de Voragine, William Granger Ryan, Eamon Duffy

Depicting the lives of the saints in an array of real and fictional tales, The Golden Legend was once maybe the main commonly learn publication, after the Bible, throughout the past due heart a long time. It was once compiled round 1260 via Jacobus de Voragine, a scholarly friar and later archbishop of Genoa, whose function was once to captivate, inspire, and edify the trustworthy, whereas conserving an enormous shop of knowledge referring to the legends and traditions of the church. during this translation, the 1st in English of the whole textual content, William Granger Ryan captures the immediacy of this wealthy paintings, which bargains an incredible advisor for readers drawn to medieval paintings and literature and, extra commonly, in renowned spiritual tradition.

Arranged based on the order of saints' ceremonial dinner days, those attention-grabbing tales are actually mixed into one quantity. This version additionally positive aspects an advent via Eamon Duffy contextualizing the work.

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After the Lord's ascension into heaven the apostles separated, and Andrew went to Scythia, while Matthew went to Murgundia, also called Ethiopia. But the Ethiopians, refusing to heed Matthew's preaching, put out his eyes, bound him with chains, and threw him into prison, intending to put him to death in a few days. Meanwhile the angel of the Lord appeared to Andrew and commanded him to go to Ethiopia to be with blessed Matthew. Andrew answered that he did not know the way there, whereupon the angel ordered him to go to the seacoast, and there to board the first ship he encountered.

Andrew: "That is because the Roman rulers have not yet known that the Son of God has come on earth, and has taught that your idols are demons and their teaching an offense to God. " Andrew thereupon set out to prove, by five arguments, that the passion of Christ was voluntary. "4 He knew in advance the man who would betray him, since he dipped bread and gave it to him, and still made no attempt to avoid him. Finally, he had chosen the place where he knew the traitor would come to betray him. Andrew also declared that he himself had been present at all these moments; and he added that the cross was a great mystery.

The apostle, however, begged them not to try to save him from martyrdom. Then, seeing the cross in the distance, he greeted it, saying: "Hail, O cross sanctified by the body of Christ and adorned with his limbs as with precious stones! Before the Lord was lifted up on you, you were greatly feared on earth, but now you draw down love from heaven and are accepted as a blessing. I come to you assured and rejoicing, so that you may joyfully accept me, the disciple of him who hung upon you, for I have always loved you and yearned to embrace you.

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