The fighter's handbook
for the conquest of the kingdom
by Maximus the Confessor, c. 580-682
The divine reading of the sacred Books reveals the counsels of the most
Thanks to reading them each of us knows what he ought to do, and learns
the laws of the struggle which he has taken on in order to deserve the
kingdom of Christ.
The divine reading of the holy Gospel explains to those who love it
zealously what sufferings they must undergo on account of it. The
Word comes down from heaven and teaches them ineffable things.
After they have heard it, they gather together among themselves in accordance
with it, and in gratitude for their own salvation they offer their testimony;
that is, they recite the divine Symbol of faith.
(Translation by Thomas Spidlik, Drinking from the Hidden
Fountain: A Patristic Breviary, Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo,
MI - Spencer, MASS, 1994)