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The Blood of The Word has been also exhibited as milk. Milk being thus provided in parturition, is supplied to the infant; and the breasts, which till then looked straight towards the husband, now bend down towards the child, being taught to furnish the substance elaborated by nature in a way easily received for salutary nourishment. For the breasts are not like fountains full of milk, flowing in ready prepared; but, by effecting a change in the nutriment, form the milk in themselves, and discharge it. And the nutriment suitable and wholesome for the new-formed and new-born babe is elaborated by God, The Nourisher and The Father of all that are generated and regenerated, as manna, the celestial food of angels, flowed down from heaven on the ancient Hebrews. Even now, in fact, nurses call the first-poured drink of milk by the same name as that food: manna. Further, pregnant women, on becoming mothers, discharge milk. But The Lord Christ, The Fruit of the Virgin, did not pronounce the breasts of women blessed, nor selected them to give nourishment; but when The Kind and Loving Father had rained down The Word, Himself became Spiritual Nourishment to the good. O mystic marvel! The Universal Father Is One, and One The Universal Word; and The Holy Spirit Is One and The Same everywhere, and one is the only virgin mother. I love to call her The Church. This mother, when alone, had not milk, because alone she was not a woman. But she is once virgin and mother-pure as a virgin, loving as a mother. And calling her children to her, she nurses them with holy milk, viz., with The Word for childhood. Therefore she had not milk; for the milk was this child fair and comely, the Body of Christ, which nourishes by The Word the young brood, which The Lord Himself brought forth in throes of the flesh, which Rhe Lord Himself swathed in His Precious Blood. O amazing birth! O holy swaddling bands! The Word is all to the child, both father and mother and tutor and nurse. "Eat ye My Flesh," He says, "and drink My Blood." (John 6:53-54) Such is the suitable food which The Lord ministers, and He Offers His Flesh and Pours Forth His Blood, and nothing is wanting for the children's growth. O amazing mystery! We are enjoined to cast off the old and carnal corruption, as also the old nutriment, receiving in exchange another new regimen, that of Christ, receiving Him if we can, to hide Him within; and that, enshrining The Saviour in our souls, we may correct the affections of our flesh.

But you are not inclined to understand it thus, but perchance more generally. Hear it also in the following way. The flesh figuratively represents to us The Holy Spirit; for the flesh was created by Him. The blood points out to us The Word, for as, rich blood, The Word has been infused into life; and the union of both is The Lord, the food of the babes - The Lord Who Is Spirit and Word. The food, that is, The Lord Jesus, that is, The Word of God, The Spirit Made Flesh, The Heavenly Flesh Sanctified. The nutriment is the milk of The Father, by which alone we infants are nourished. The Word Himself, then, The Beloved One, and our Nourisher, Hath Shed His Own Blood for us, to save humanity; and by Him, we, believing on God, flee to The Word, "the care-soothing breast" of The Father. And He Alone, as is befitting, supplies us children with the milk of love, and those only are truly blessed who suck this Breast. Wherefore also Peter says: "Laying therefore aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisy, and envy, and evil speaking, as new-born babes, desire the milk of The Word, that ye may grow by it to salvation; if ye have tasted that The Lord Is Christ." (1 Peter 2:1-3)

- St. Clement Of Alexandria, The Paidagogos, Book 1.

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