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The Following is an excerpt from the Inimitable Dom Gueranger's Liturgical Year on the Feast of Leo the Great who turned back the barbarian Huns at the gates of Rome.

Leo the First, a Tuscan by birth, governed the Church at the period when Attila, the king of the Huns, surnamed the Scourge of God, was invading Italy. Attila pillaged and burned the city of Aquieleia, which he took after a three years' siege. This done, he rushed on Rome like a wild firebrand. He had reached the place where the Mincio joins the Po, and was on the point of ordering his troops to pass the river, when he was met by Leo, who was moved with compassion at the misfortunes that were threatening Italy. Sush was his superhuman eloquence, that he induced Attila to retrace his steps. When asked by his people how it was that, contrary to his custom he had yielded such ready obedience to the demands of the Roman Pontiff, the king answered, that he beheld, whilst Leo was speaking, a personage clad in priestly robes, who stood near, with a naked sword in his hand, and threatened him with death unless he obeyed the Pontiff., Whereupon he returned to Pannonia.

The Greek Church, in her Menaea, has an office in honour of St. Leo: we take from it the following stanzas. As they were composed before the Schism, they show us that the ancient Church of Constinatinople believed the supremacy of the Roman pontiff, and that it is not the Latins that have changed the faith. The Greeks keep the Feast of St. Leo on February 18.

http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2010...mn-to.html
Any Greek text of the office in honor of St. Leo?
(04-12-2010, 02:20 AM)Cyriacus Wrote: [ -> ]Any Greek text of the office in honor of St. Leo?

I'ts in the Maenea.  Don't have anything on hand. Never would have occured to me to question Dom Gueranger.
Here is the text, from the blog.




O happy Pontiff ! glorious Leo ! thous has been made companion of the faithful priests and martyrs: for thou wast most invincible in battle, and immovable as a tower and fortress of religion. Thou didst proclaim, with most perfect orthodoxy and wisdom, the unspeakable generation of Christ.

O ruler of orthodoxy, teacher of religion and holiness, light of the whole earth, divinely insired glory of true believers, wise Leo ! thou enlightenest all men by thy teachings, O harp of the Holy Ghost !

Heir of the See of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, thou didst prexside over the Church: thou hadst his spirit, and wast inflamed with zeal for the faith.

Beaming with most bright light, thou, O holy Leo, didst admirably preach the ineffable and divine incarnation, teaching the two natures, and the two wills of the Incarnate God.

Resplendent with the knowledge of divine truths, thou didst scatter on all sides the brightness of orthodoxy, and dispel the darkness of heresy. Departing this life, thou, O blessed one ! now dwellest in the light that knows no setting.

O inspired minister of God's mysteries thou didst admirably preach that Christ is the Only Son and Lord, begotten of the Father before all ages, born for us of the Virgin, and dwelling on earth like unto us.

Seated with glory upon the throne of the pontificate, thou didest stop the mouths of lions, and madest to shine upon thy flock the light of the knowledge of God, by proclaiming the divine dogma of the adorable Trinity. therefore has thou been glorified as a holy Pontiff initiated in the grace of God.

Thou, as a dazzling sun, didst rise in the West and wisely dispel the error of Eutyches, who mingled and confused the two natures, and that of Nestorius, who divided them as though they were two Persons. Thou taughtest us to adore one Christ in two natures, inseparably, interchangeably, unconfusedly united.

Inspired of God, thou didst appear to the people of God as another Moses, showing them the commandments of religion written, as it were, on tables. Thou didst explain in the assembly of the venerable masters: 'Praise, O ye priests ! and bless, and extol Christ for ever.'

Now, O priest of Christ ! thou art brightly decked with crown of beauty. As a faithful priest, thou has put on justice. Pray unceasingly for thy flock, now that thou has entered into the admirable joy of the Paradise of delights.

Thou, O most blessed Leo ! has worthily entered the abode where are the seats and throne and ranks of patriarch : thou hast entered as a true patriarch, all resplendent with faith and grace. Therefore do we all celebrate thy name for ever.
I don't see the part, though, that acknowledges Pope Leo as Supreme Pontiff. If the hymn did, it would prove that the Greeks lost the faith, not the Romans. I have been studying this for some time now. Remember at the Council the bishops chanted as one "Peter has spoken through Leo!
John Chrysostom Wrote:Peter, that head of the Apostles, the first in the Church, the friend of Christ, who received the revelation not from man but from the Father [...] this Peter, and when I say Peter, I mean the unbroken Rock, the unshaken foundation, the great apostle, the first of the disciples, the first called, the first to obey.

After that grave fall (for there is no sin equal to denial) after so great a sin, He brought him back to his former honor and entrusted him with the headship of the universal church, and, what is more than all, He showed us that he had a greater love for his master than any of the apostles, for saith he: 'Peter lovest thou Me more than these?

There's quite a bit more by him. And St. John Chrysostom composed the Byzantine Divine Liturgy..... Odd, isn't it?
Excellent quote!!!! But did St. John believe that St. Peter passed his power down to his successors? Some people like Tertullian I believe didn't think so.
Heir of the See of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, thou didst prexside over the Church: thou hadst his spirit, and wast inflamed with zeal for the faith.

Two things:

1. Dom Gueranger says it shows Papal Supremacy.

2. A prince of the apostles, and an heir implies two things:  the office is passed down and that the office has lordship (primacy) over the Universal Church.
(04-12-2010, 08:56 AM)Augstine Baker Wrote: [ -> ]
(04-12-2010, 02:20 AM)Cyriacus Wrote: [ -> ]Any Greek text of the office in honor of St. Leo?

I'ts in the Maenea.  Don't have anything on hand. Never would have occured to me to question Dom Gueranger.

I wasn't questioning, but I'm a student of Classical Greek and thought it might be worth reading for spiritual edification and literary value.
(04-12-2010, 04:27 PM)Augstine Baker Wrote: [ -> ]Heir of the See of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, thou didst prexside over the Church: thou hadst his spirit, and wast inflamed with zeal for the faith.

Two things:

1. Dom Gueranger says it shows Papal Supremacy.

2. A prince of the apostles, and an heir implies two things:  the office is passed down and that the office has lordship (primacy) over the Universal Church.

How blind I am!!! Thank you so much. If only the "Orthodox" would listen to their supposed ancestors in the Faith.
There was a recent thread about hoe the early Church was Catholic and the Pope was supreme and it's obvious, etc; but Protestants outright refuse to see the truth.
Theres a man I met on the Catholic Answers forum, who was a Coptic Orthodox, and is now Copt. Catholic; I should see if I can get permission from him to share his story with you all.
Pax
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