St. Mary's Anglican Catholic Church

Diocese of the Midwest

The following is an excerpt from St Irenaeus’ Against the Heresies (Book 3, chapter 17.1-3) dealing with the work of the Holy Ghost, poured out in a marvelous fashion on Pentecost after Christ’s Ascension, in the life of the Church.

The Lord promised to send the Holy Spirit to make us fit for God’s purposes. Just as dry flour cannot coalesce into a lump of dough, still less a loaf, without moisture, so too we, being many, could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water which comes from heaven. And just as dry soil cannot bear fruit unless it receives moisture, so we, who to begin with are dry wood, can never bear the fruit of life unless the rain from heaven falls upon our wills. For our bodies through the water of baptism have received the unity which leads to freedom from corruption; but our souls have received it through the Spirit.