St. Marcarius the Great: That Paradise was closed . . .

Icon of St. Marcarius the Great“That Paradise was closed and that a Cherubim was commanded to prevent man from entering it by a flaming sword: of this we believe that in visible fashion it was indeed just as it is written, and at the same time we find that this occurs mystically in every soul.”

— St. Marcarius the Great, Seven Homilies, IV, 5

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