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brethren and their teachers
Yesterday Tom. II. f.
οίεσθε διδασκαλιας δεισθαι τους υμετερους αδελφους τους επι των αγρων και τους εκεινων διδασκαλους.
2 Vid. Apolog. contra Arian. op. ed. Benedict. Tom. I. P. I. f. 191.
3 Greek was spoken in the city, and Syriac in the country.
Matt. IV. 24, and IX. 35.
CHURCHES IN THE COUNTRY. disease.' After his example our common Shepherd and Teacher hath forsaken us and departed to them; for he is gone to our brethren.
And as when the Festival of the Maccabees was celebrated here, all the country flocked into the city; so now, that a Martyr-festival is celebrated there, the whole city ought to flock into the country. On this account, God not only planted Martyrs in the cities, but likewise in the villages, in order that the celebration of their Festivals might give us an urgent occasion to hold intercourse one with another; and he hath even given more to the villages
than to the cities ; for“ he giveth more abun1 Cor. XII. dant honor to that part which lacketh. For the
country is our weaker member, wherefore it enjoyeth a greater care. For those, who dwell in cities, have constant instruction; but those, who dwell in the country, receive not the same so richly. Thus hath God supplied their want of teachers by the greater number of Martyrs, and hath ordained, that more should be interred among them, than with us. They hear not constantly the tongue of the teacher, but they hear the more mighty voice of the Martyr calling to them from the tomb."
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