Origin of quote: “If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce your own body…”

2018-05-16 23:55:00

I've been reading Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky and encountered this quote attributed to St. Basil the Great:

If you wish to speak or hear about God, renounce your own body,

renounce your bodily senses, pass over the seasons of the year, their

orderly arrangements, the adornments of the earth; stand above the

ether, traverse the stars, their splendor, grandeur, the profit which

they provide for the whole world, their good order, brightness,

arrangement, movement, and the bond or distance between them. Having

passed through all this in your mind, go about heaven and, standing

above it, with your thought alone, observe the beauties which are

there: the armies of angels, which are above the heavens, the chiefs

of the archangels, the glory of the Dominions, the presiding of the

Thrones, the Powers, Principalities, Authorities. Having gone past all

this and left below the whole of creation in your thoughts, raising

  • It appears that this quote is from a Homily by St. Basil titled On Faith, specifically Fide 1, which can be found in the larger work On Christina Doctrine and Practice.

    De fide, Mark DelCogliano writes, “is one of the classic expressions of [Basil’s] Trinitarian doctrine” (On Christian Doctrine and Practice, p. 227).

    2018-05-17 01:32:51