Apropos to the "Afterfeast" of St. Mark of Ephesus

The Patriarch also had an interview with Mark, and entreated him in the name of all the Saints, and for the sake of his father’s memory, to agree to the union with the Church of Rome. But this venerable man remained firm against all entreaties. He had already been asked to agree to union, even if it were apparently for the sake of others. His answer was: “In deeds of faith there must be no concessions, no waverings.” And when the difference between the two confessions was shown as insignificant, Mark answered: “You speak just like the prefect, who entreated Theodorus to receive heretics into communion only once, and then to act as he liked.” The saint answered: “Thy request is like, as if a person said, Allow me to cut your head off, and then you may go wherever you like.” Following up this example, Mark remained firm to the end.


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