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Ignatius - Epistle to the Antiochians

Chapter VIII.—Exhortations to the presbyters and others.

Chapter VIII.--Exhortations to the presbyters and others.

Ye presbyters, "feed the flock which is among you," [1247] till God shall show who is to hold the rule over you. For "I am now ready to be offered," [1248] that I "may win Christ." [1249] Let the deacons know of what dignity they are, and let them study to be blameless, that they may be the followers of Christ. Let the people be subject to the presbyters and the deacons. Let the virgins know to whom they have consecrated themselves.