Law and Grace in the Work of St. Ilarion, Metropolitan of Kyiv (1051-1054 AD)

Authors: Bozyk, Ronald
Advisor: Noël, Pierre; Poirier, Paul-Hubert
Abstract: The Great Commission given by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Apostles (Mt. 28:19 – 20) is the basis of the Christian mission not only in the Biblical and Patristic eras but throughout the growth of the Christian Church. Every Apostle and Missionary was charged to explain the need for repentance and Baptism. Why be a Christian? St. Paul the Apostle explains the necessity of Faith and Baptism by comparing and contrasting Faith and Law; Baptism and Circumcision; Christ and Moses; the New Covenant and The Old. St. John the Evangelist in his Prologue to his Gospel speaks of the New Covenant based on the Person of Jesus Christ. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17). St. Ilarion of Kyiv in eleventh century Kyivan-Rus’ proclaimed a Paschal Sermon built upon these words of St. John which are the last words of the traditional pericope read at Pascha in the Orthodox Church and began his sermon: Concerning the Law given by Moses, and concerning Grace and Truth which came through Jesus Christ. Thus the literature of Kyivan-Rus’ begins with a neo – patristic sermon expressing the supersedence of the Law of Moses by the Grace of Christ and also the great joy that the New Covenant Church has reached the people of Kyivan-Rus’. Our Good God did not forget any corner of the world, nor us; He desired and saved us and brought us to true understanding. (Lines 258 – 259).
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 8 August 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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