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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This, too, was extraordinary. At the same time the Lord shows that love is the true sacrifice. So the kingdom of heaven is within each one of us when we live as commemtary. The Emperor Alexius I Comnenus made him the tutor of his future son-in-law and heir presumptive.

An Old Testament reference within parentheses indicates the arrangements of books as in the King James Version.

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For with what commentry ye judge, ye shall be judged: If Blessed Theophylact’s accession to the throne of the archdiocese occurred during the last years of the reign of Emperor Michael VII Doukasit appears commehtary by he had governed the Bulgarian Church no less than thirty years.

Men of old would anoint themselves with oil after bathing blesssed a mark of their joy and well-being. Moreover, the rules of the Church require that Scripture should be understood as the holy Fathers explain it, and not at all arbitrarily. That is, when you take an oath, speak the truth. What participation did Joseph have in that seedless birth giving? Countering the propaganda of the heretical Paulicians and Bogomils who were active in the region, he acted vigorously to protect his flock by ordaining dedicated and educated priests to teach Orthodoxy in the native Bulgarian language.


Who will give water to my head, and a fountain of tears to my eyes?

Do not even the publicans so? As the world is divided into four parts, east, west, north, and south, it was right that there also be four pillars. And he that takes her is also an adulterer, for if he had not taken her she would have returned and submitted to her husband. Home Back Print Top. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber and tbeophylact thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father Who is in secret; and thy Father Who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

And why take ye thought for raiment? The Manichean heretics say that He left His body in the Jordan and thereafter displayed another, illusory, body. Even by his appearance John called them to repentance, for he wore the garb of mourning.

Later a house was found and there the Magi saw the Lord. Therefore I have fulfilled all the other requirements of the law.

Theophylact employs to perfection the commentary form introduced by St. By being guided in our understanding of the Gospel by the explanation of the lbessed Fathers, we keep the tradition of the Holy Church. This is why John was sent.

Learn how much the Scriptures benefit; for with them the Lord shut the mouth of the enemy. The exact year of his repose is not known, but the latest date that can be ascertained from his letters is Lazarica Press,p.

Some say that “Raca” is a Syriac word for “despicable” or “scum. Why does the evangelist say, “He opened His mouth”? The Forerunner, then, is not able to carry these two descents, that is, not able to understand how they occurred.

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. To understand better the needs of each church, Blessed Theophylact summoned his bishops to the cathedrals and there examined all the problems that had arisen.


Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and corruption doth destroy, and where thieves break through and steal: A vow is different from a prayer Bl. Perfection is to love every one. Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under a bushel, but on a lamp stand; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

The temptation of Christ. It would appear that this is superfluous; but it is not. For Christ is both the “firstborn” by having been born first, and the “only begotten,” in that He had no brother. Who shall shepherd My people Israel.

Theophylact of Ohrid

So we, too, should do nothing apart from the will of God. For if they had perfect faith in God, they would not give such anxious thoughts to these things. These deacons were held in high esteem. The chief priests and elders who questioned the Lord.

The Explanation of the Gospel According To St. Mark, by Blessed Theophylact of Ohrid

For here he is reproved. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying. For nine hundred years one of the most beloved and widely read Scriptural commentaries among the Orthodox people of Byzantium, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia, and Conmentary has been Bl.

Theophylact on December For all people from the ends of the earth come to venerate this holy Bethlehem.