Monthly Archives: August 2011

Explanatio: St. Gregory the Great on the Four Living Creatures (fifth part)

[This section on “a great commotion” does circle around to the Four Living Creatures. No, really. I swear.] —————————- ‘Therefore, what is the “voice of a great commotion” that the prophet “heard behind” him, [Ezek. 3:12], except that, after the … Continue reading

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Explanatio: St. Gregory the Great on the Four Living Creatures (fourth part)

‘It continues, “And each one of them in presence walked facing forward.” [Ez. 1:12] ‘It has been said further up, “And each one of them moved facing front,” [Ez. 1:9] but now it is said, “And each one of them … Continue reading

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Explanatio: St. Gregory the Great on the Four Living Creatures (third part)

‘It continues, “Two wings of each one were joined, and two covered their bodies.” [Ezek. 1:11] ‘It has been said, “Their faces and their wings were stretched upward,” [Ezek. 1:11] but as soon as they were subjoined,’ this ‘is’ what … Continue reading

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Explanatio: St. Gregory the Great on the Four Living Creatures (second part)

‘It goes on, “And their faces and their wings were stretched upward.” [Ezek. 1:11] ‘The faces and wings’ were written, “stretched upward”, because the intention of all, and the contemplation of all the saints, stretches above themselves, so that these … Continue reading

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Explanatio: St. Gregory the Great on the Four Living Creatures (first part)

[The next few parts of the Explanatio for this chapter are taken (near-verbatim) from Pope St. Gregory the Great’s series of homilies on the Book of Ezekiel. This bit is from Book I, Homily IV.] Truly, in Ezekiel, ‘through the … Continue reading

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Explanatio: Rev. 4:8 (first part)

“Each of these four living creatures had six wings around them.” ‘He shows the twenty-four elders in these four living creatures; for six wings on four living creatures equal twenty-four wings. And he sees the living creatures around the Throne, … Continue reading

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Explanatio: Rev. 4:7

“The first living creature was like a lion.” ‘The fortitude of the Church is shown in the lion’ (1), as it says, “Behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah conquers.” [Rev. 5:5] But he shows how the Church is … Continue reading

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