by Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria. For nine hundred years one of the most beloved and widely read Scriptural commentaries among. The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew This classic Orthodox commentary of the New Testament was written in. : The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact of the Holy Gospel Father Stade is to be commended for making Theophylact’s Commentary on.

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Since He is about to speak about almsgiving, He first shows that one must pursue righteousness, and not give alms from what has been acquired by theft and extortion. There can even be condemnation, if I do not teach because of spite or sloth.

However, disputes between the popes and the patriarchs concerning the management of the Bulgarian Church, as well as frequent wars between the Bulgarians and the Greeks, caused the Bulgarian kings to claim the ancient rights bestowed by Justinian upon their church. Not finding enough educated pastors among the Bulgarians, he also chose bishops from the Greeks in Constantinople, provided that he found them spiritually worthy of such recognition.

The Magi also came so that the glory of Christ might shine forth all the more through the witness of the Magi who before had been subject to the demons and were enemies of God. In his Letters he complains much about the rude manners of the Bulgarians, and he sought to be relieved of his office, but apparently without success.

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When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. The sons of Zebedee. The five loaves and the two fish. This is why He says, commentafy your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Although a Byzantine by upbringing and outlook, he was a true father and archpastor of the Bulgarian Church, defending its interests and protecting its independence and prerogatives.


On not swearing at all. Join our theophglact list to receive free articles and excerpts from new translations. Christ does not abolish the Mosaic decrees but corrects them by making the husband fearful of hating his wife without cause. Herod left three sons: He did not say “flee” but “go,” for there was no longer any need for fear.

Those who said, Who is the greatest? By Joseph; that is, he discerned that she had conceived of the Holy Spirit. He did not say, “which hath not brought forth,” but “which bringeth not forth,” for one must continually be bringing forth fruit.

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Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. What participation did Joseph have in that seedless birth giving?

But when we get angry over money or opinions, then it is theiphylact good cause. So the kingdom of heaven is within each one of us when we live as angels.

Whose sandals I am not worthy to bear. He would not tolerate any appropriation of what had belonged to the church of the faithful from previous centuries.

Give to him whether he be friend, enemy, or infidel, and whether he asks for money or any other kind of help. First, a few changes were required in order to agree with the text of the Gospel used by Theophylact himself as printed by Migne, where that differs from the Greek text followed by the translators of the KJV.

They ought instead to have rejoiced that they would have a king to whom the kings of Persia paid homage. It is not necessary to make long prayers, but rather short and frequent prayers, uttering few words, but persevering in prayer.

For there will be a time for us to have the glory that is befitting, even if we do not appear in such glory now. The Emperor Alexios I Comnenos made him the tutor of his future son-in-law, the heir presumptive. Therefore it was His good pleasure that the Gospels be written down in order to teach us the truth, so that we would not be drawn away by the falsehood of these heresies, and our morals would not altogether be corrupted.


Joseph and Mary had gone up to Bethlehem to be enrolled there, theophhlact Luke says Lk 2and as there was a great number of people assembled there for the census, they did not have a house for a time, and so He was born in the cave.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before lbessed, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

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Christ does not mention by whom this was said. Indeed I should, but with a right mind and not for show. Joseph son of David. But forgive us as we forgive others: We can say only that it took place some time before The Lord conquered the three temptations of gluttony, vainglory, and avarice.

However, even the wise selection of pastors was not enough to secure the welfare of the Church. One of theophylavt, Luke, speaks of the descent from Bethlehem to Nazareth, while the other, Matthew, speaks of the return from Egypt to Nazareth, which took place later. So it is with these children; for their suffering they will receive a greater crown in heaven.

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Theophylact of Bulgaria on Wikipedia. Second, for the purposes of greater clarity, a few archaic Elizabethan usages have been rendered into more modern English. He desired to be a father to his flock and did for her not only what was required by his office, but also that which Christian love prompted him to do.

The “paths” are the ordinances of the law, which fommentary well-trodden and ancient. In Rama was there a voice heard.