April 14, 2024 – Reading Melito of Sardis’ Passover Homily

This Sunday we will celebrate the Christ’s Resurrection by reading through the Passover Sermon of Melito, the second-century bishop of Sardis in what is now Turkey.

The homily dates from around 190 A.D. (some date it earlier, around 170 A.D.) and shows how closely these early Christians linked the Passover and the story of the Exodus with salvation through Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Get comfortable because it takes about an hour to read it through.

Read the text of Melito’s Homily here,  beginning on Page 37.

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