May 19, 2006

“The Letter of the Apostles to the Antiochians”

It is not listed as a book of the New Testament.

However, the Church acknowledges “The Letter of the Apostles to the Antiochians” to be authentically inspired by God, and gives it exactly the same religious respect as the entire Bible.

Here is the complete text of “The Letter of the Apostles to the Antiochians”.
The brethren—both the apostles and the elders—
to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia:
Greetings.

Since we have heard that some persons from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your minds,
although we gave them no instructions,
it has seemed good to us, having come to one accord,
to choose men and send them to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
men who have risked their lives for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have therefore sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will tell you the same things by word of mouth.

For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:
that you abstain
from what has been sacrificed to idols
and from blood
and from what is strangled
and from unchastity.

If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well.

Farewell.

“The Letter of the Apostles to the Antiochians” is not some secret document that the Church keeps hidden.

In fact, you probably already have a copy of “The Letter of the Apostles to the Antiochians”.

It’s in your Bible.

Look up “The Acts of the Apostles”, the fifteenth chapter, verses 23 through 29.

There it is.


2 Comments:

Anonymous Candi the Oblate said...

I thought that text was AWFULLY familiar. I just read it in the mass readings.

I am so getting into the Liturgy these days. It is the wind in my sails! It gives my spiritual life such energy and draws me into prayer and intimacy with Jesus. It's brilliant!

2:32 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Actually, it struck me while hearing it at Mass this morning. So, I decided to "encode" it on my blog today.

3:21 PM  

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