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A SECOND EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO ST. JOHN
Ignatius to John the holy presbyter.
IF thou wilt give me leave, I desire to go up to Jerusalem, and see
the faithful(2) saints who are there, especially Mary the mother,
whom they report to be an object of admiration and of affection to
all. For who would not rejoice to behold and to address her who bore
the true God from hers own womb, provided he is a friend of our
faith and religion? And in like manner [I desire to see] the
venerable James, who is surnamed Just, whom they relate to be very
like Christ Jesus in appearance,(4) in life, and in method of
conduct, as if he were a twin-brother of the same womb. They say
that, if I see him, I see also Jesus Himself, as to all the features
and aspect of His body. Moreover, [I desire to see] the other
saints, both male and female. Alas! why do I delay? Why am I kept
back? Kind(5) teacher, bid me hasten [to fulfil my wish], and fare
thou well. Amen.