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Macarius’s conception of the structures of the Church and that of the Book of Steps, esp. Memra 12. -Macarius, and the Books of Steps, see Fitschen (1998) 108–28; Escolan (1999) 91–123, esp. 106; also Stewart (1991) 84–92, 162–66, 198–203, 216–23, 227–32; Golitzin (1994) 371–85; Caner (2002) 106–17. 21. -Macarian model. ”22 It is therefore incorrect to regard Pseudo-Macarius as antisacramental; but at the same time, he conforms to a pattern in which the earliest ascetic theorists marginalized a developed sacramental, and in particular eucharistic, discourse in favor of a focus upon personal, ascetic transformation.
Cf. ]; with Louth (1989) 65–67. 101. -Dionysius, Ecclesiastical Hierarchy 3 [Heil 79]. 102. -Dionysius, Ecclesiastical Hierarchy 3 [Heil 79]. Toward the Sacramental Saint 29 In his subsequent description of the ritual, Pseudo-Dionysius insists on the moral righteousness required of the participants: thus, for the uninitiated, the rite— being a representation of the Last Supper, and a remembrance of Judas’s exclusion from it—“teaches in a pure and at the same time divine manner that the approach to the divine things that is true through habit [kath’ hexin alēthēs] bestows upon those who approach the communion that brings assimilation with them [tēn pros to homoion autōn koinōnian]”;103 whereas for the initiated, “if we desire communion [koinōnia] with him, we must look toward his most divine life in the flesh and in assimilation [aphomoiōsis] to its sacred sinlessness return to the godlike and unblemished state.
Ibid. 3 [Heil 116]. 2–5. On the Areopagite’s theology of the monastic life contained here and in Letters 8 see in detail Roques (1961). 99. See esp. Hathaway (1969) 64–66, 86–104, on the letter to Demophilus. Cf. also Roques (1961) 296–305. 28 Toward the Sacramental Saint imminent defilement. The Areopagite offers a stinging rebuke that summarizes much of his thought upon the situation of monks:100 Now hear my words. It is not permissible for a priest to be reproached [euthunesthai] by the deacons who are above you or by the ranks of monks to which you belong, even if he appears to have acted impiously against the divine or might be convicted of having done something else forbidden.