Tuesday in the IX Week after Pentecost

EIA0570ADISFrom the Demonstrations of St Aphrahat the Persian, Bishop Our Lord testifies concerning John the Baptist, that he is the greatest of the Prophets.  Yet he received the Spirit by limit, because in that measure in which Elijah received the Spirit, in the same John obtained it.  And as Elijah used to dwell in the wilderness, so also the Spirit of God led John into the wilderness, and he used to dwell in the mountains and caves.  The birds sustained Elijah, and John used to eat locusts that fly.  Elijah had his loins girded with a girdle of leather; so John had his loins girded with a cincture of leather.  Jezebel persecuted Elijah, and Herodias persecuted John.  Elijah reproved Ahab, and John reproved Herod.  Elijah divided the Jordan, and John opened up baptism. The spirit of Elijah rested twofold upon Elisha, so John laid his hand on our Redeemer, and he received the Spirit not by measure.  Elijah opened the heavens and ascended; and John saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit of God which descended and rested upon our Redeemer.  Elisha received twofold the Spirit of Elijah; and our Redeemer received that of John and that of heaven.  Elisha took the mantle of Elijah, and our Redeemer the imposition of the hand of the priests.  Elisha made oil from water, and our Redeemer made wine from water.  Elisha satisfied with a little bread a hundred men only; and our Redeemer satisfied with a little bread five thousand men besides children and women.  Elisha cleansed Naaman the leper, and our Redeemer cleansed the ten lepers. Elisha cursed the children and they were devoured by bears, but our Redeemer blessed the children.  The children reviled Elisha, but the children glorified our Redeemer with Hosannas.  Elisha cursed Gehazi his servant, and our Redeemer cursed Judas his disciple and blessed all his other disciples.  Elisha raised to life one dead man only, but our Redeemer raised up three to life.  On the bones of Elisha one dead man revived, but when our Saviour descended to the abode of the dead, he quickened many and raised them up. And many are the signs that the Spirit of Christ wrought, which the Prophets received from him.

Responsory.  Amongst those || that are born of women, * There is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist.  V. The law and the prophets were until John. * There is not … Glory be … There is not …