Ante-Nicene Fathers/Volume VI/Peter of Alexandria/Fragments from the Writings of Peter/Part 1

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Fragments from the Writings of Peter.


I.—Letter to the Church at Alexandria.[1]

Peter, to the brethren beloved and established in the faith of God, peace in the Lord. Since I have found out that Meletius acts in no way for the common good,—for neither is he contented with the letter of the most holy bishops and martyrs,—but, invading my parish,[2] hath assumed so much to himself as to endeavour to separate from my authority the priests,[3] and those who had been entrusted with visiting the needy;[4] and, giving proof of his desire for pre-eminence, has ordained in the prison several unto himself; now, take ye heed to this, and hold no communion with him, until I meet him in company with some wise and discreet men, and see what the designs are which he has thought upon. Fare ye well.


  1. From Gallandius.
  2. [See p. 240, supra. But note, the parish was greater than the diocese in ancient terminology.]
  3. [Presbyters.]
  4. [Deacons.]