By Philip Booth
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See esp. 1 [Heil 104]. 96. 3. 97. For a description of the clerical triad see ibid. 4–7; for the laical triad ibid. 1–3. 98. Ibid. 3 [Heil 116]. 2–5. On the Areopagite’s theology of the monastic life contained here and in Letters 8 see in detail Roques (1961). 99. See esp. Hathaway (1969) 64–66, 86–104, on the letter to Demophilus. Cf. also Roques (1961) 296–305. 28 Toward the Sacramental Saint imminent defilement. The Areopagite offers a stinging rebuke that summarizes much of his thought upon the situation of monks:100 Now hear my words.
83. For the date of Stephen’s arrival, ca. 509–12, see Frothingham (1886) 57–59; for Cyril’s date for the outbreak of the crisis, in 514, see Diekamp (1899) 17. For the coincidence see Guillaumont (1962) 305; Hombergen (2001) 360–65. 84. 7 [ed. and trans. Marsh 72*–74*, 78–81]. Cf. Arthur (2008) 133f. on this “spiritual and allegorical” interpretation of the eucharist. Toward the Sacramental Saint 25 of the holy and hallowing sacrament; which is a kind of simple and unlimited power which is extended so as to include divinely the essences that are united with it: and those glorious angels display a kind of yearning of desire to receive the eucharist and to be made partakers in the mystery thereof; and [the mind] approaches divinely the spiritual altar; and sacrifices itself, holily and divinely, in most wonderful and ineffable mystery, and is raised again, divinely and holily, in the secret of holy mystery.
119–232. Toward the Sacramental Saint 27 function of which is to communicate divine illumination through its ranks, and for each rational being within those ranks to fulfill its hierarchical function and therein achieve divine union. 95 He divides each of these ranks into three further divisions: the sacramental, into baptism, eucharist, and oil; the clerical, into deacons, priests, and bishops; and the laical, into the uninitiated, people, and monks. 97 On monks themselves the Areopagite comments:98 However, the most exalted rank of all those being initiated [tōn teloumenōn] is the sacred order of monks [hē tōn monachōn diakosmēsis], which has been completely purified by its full power and total purity of its own operations, and inasmuch as contemplation of the sacred order [hierourgia] is permissible to it, it has entered into intellectual contemplation and communion [theōria kai koinōnia].
Crisis of Empire: Doctrine and Dissent at the End of Late Antiquity by Philip Booth