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Lord, from You flows true and continual kindness.

You had cast us off and justly so,
but in Your mercy You forgave us.

You were at odds with us,
and You reconciled us.

You had set a curse on us,
and You blessed us.

You had banished us from the garden,
and You called us back again.

You took away the fig leaves
that had been an unsuitable garment,
and You clothed us in a cloak of great value.

You flung wide the prison gates,
and You gave the condemned a pardon.

You sprinkled clean water on us,
and You washed away the dirt.

– Gregory of Nyssa, 335-395 (HT)

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5 thoughts on “From You Flows True and Continual Kindness”

  1. Simon says:

    Great prayer from St Gregory. Thanks for sharing.

    I was just wondering, do modern day Calvinists think that these saints, particularly from the East, held to something like proto-Calvinism?

  2. Scott B. says:

    Ya, I’m not sure Gregory could have joined the Gospel Coalition. What does that tell us?

  3. Simon says:

    Scott, I asked the question because the new Calvinists seem to be the most vocal about returning to “Christian orthodoxy”. However, I’m not sure that Reformed theology necessarily conforms to this orthodoxy – at least in vital areas. I’m also not sure whether the points of agreement between Calvinists and men like St Greg are not anything deeper than superficial and nominal. On the other hand, if I were looking for true Christian orthodoxy, why wouldn’t I look to other conservative Christian traditions such as Catholicism or Orthodoxy that seem to have more continuity with guys like St Greg? That’s all that I was saying. Because there does seem to be a disconnect between the theology of the Church Fathers and Reformed theology in many areas – even with Augustine.

  4. Simon says:

    BTW, by (small “o”) “orthodoxy”, I am refering to the seven ecumenical councils that the pre-schism church subscribe to. Obviously, Calvinists have problems with central findings of some of these councils like the veneration of icons in the 7th Ecumenical Council. Some Calvinists have extreme difficulty with the doctrine of Christ’s descent into Hades as per the Apostles Creed.

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