Exegetic Homilies

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HOMILY 3

The Firmament
(ON THE HEXAEMERON)

WE HAVE SPOKEN of the works of the first, or rather, of one day. Let us not, indeed, deprive it of its dignity, which it naturally possesses, since it was produced separately by the Creator and was not counted in the general arrangement with the others. But, since my discourse yesterday reviewed the occurrences of that day and divided the explanation for the hearers, providing their souls with both morning nourishment and evening joy, now we are passing on to the wonders of the second day. I say this, not referring to the power of the narrator, but to the grace of the written words, since it is naturally easy of acceptance and gentle and pleasant to the mind of all those who prefer truth to plausibility. Wherefore, the psalmist, showing the charm of truth most emphatically says: 'How sweet are thy words to my palate! more than honey to my mouth.' 1 Yesterday, therefore, having gladdened your souls, as much as I was able, with a discourse on the eloquent words of God, today, the second day, we have met again to contemplate the wonders of the works of the second day.

It has not escaped my notice, however, that many workers of handicrafts, who with difficulty provide a livelihood for themselves from their daily toil, are gathered around us. These compel us to cut short our discourse in order that they may not be drawn away too long from their work. And what do I say to them? That the portion of time lent to God is not

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Ps. 118.103.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • The Fathers of the Church - A New Translation *
  • Exegetic Homilies *
  • Contents *
  • Introduction vii
  • Homily 1 3
  • Homily 2 21
  • Homily 3 37
  • Homily 4 55
  • Homily 5 67
  • Homily 6 83
  • Homily 7 105
  • Homily 8 117
  • Homily 9 135
  • Homily 10 151
  • Homily 11 165
  • Homily 12 181
  • Homily 13 193
  • Homily 14 213
  • Homily 15 227
  • Homily 16 247
  • Homily 17 275
  • Homily 18 297
  • Homily 19 311
  • Homily 20 333
  • Homily 21 341
  • Homily 22 351
  • Indices *
  • General Index 363
  • Index of Holy Scripture 375
  • The Fathers of the Church *
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