Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Recently Discovered Appendix to St. Ignatius' Letter to the Magnesians

A fragment of an appendix to the letter of St. Ignatius to the Christians in Magnesia on the Maeandar has been discovered in a monastery high atop Mt. Athos. This important discovery gives Patristic Scholars an understanding of medicines used in the Second Century and the place of antacids in Late Antiquity

P.S. I give thanks to God and to your godly Bishop Damas, your worthy presbyters Bassus and Apollonius and the deacon Zotion, and for the Church which is Magnesia on the Maeander for your faithful witness, but most of all for the little blue bottle of milk which you presented me to relieve my distress. It calmed my stomach, ceased the rumblings from deep with in me, and ended the Fearful Case of the Trots, which had convinced me that I would meet our Blessed Lord long before the beasts of the arena in Rome would have their opportunity. However, the texture is somewhat chalky, and the flavour of this milk was much worse than if it had been left out in the sun for two days; it was all I could do to keep it down. The Lord has called me to suffer for the faith and end of appendix has been lost.

6 comments:

David |Dah • veed| said...

I am sure that the lost ending is sitting on top of the Appendix Pep talk to the Bismolians!

Just as bad as the pink stuff!

Padre Mickey said...

¡Excelente, David!

Caminante said...

I trust you are not needing said product right now?

word: zatojoy

The joy when die trots are gone.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Padre, you must never have used Milk of Magnesia. The stuff in the blue bottle gives you the trots.

Of course, I could be wrong, but I believe I am not.

Kirkepiscatoid said...

Dah-veed stole my line. But I think those were twin cities. The Peptolians were right across the river from the Bismolians.

MadPriest said...

If it is his appendix Milk of Magnesia won't help much. He should really see his doctor straight away.

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