Chapter XIII.—Various exhortations
These things, brethren, out of the affection which I
entertain for you, I have felt compelled to write, exhorting you with a
view to the glory of God, not as if I were a person of any consequence,
but simply as a brother. Be ye subject to the bishop, to the presbyters,
and to the deacons. Love one another in the Lord, as being the images of
God. Take heed, ye husbands, that ye love your wives as your own members.
Ye wives also, love your husbands, as being one with them in virtue of
your union. If any one lives in chastity or continence, let him not be
lifted up, lest he lose his reward. Do not lightly esteem the festivals.
Despise not the period of forty days, for it comprises an imitation of
the conduct of the Lord. After the week of the passion, do not neglect to
fast on the fourth and sixth days, distributing at the same time of thine
abundance to the poor. If any one fasts on the Lord’s Day or on the
Sabbath, except on the paschal Sabbath only, he is a murderer of