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    Once, the slaying of the sheep was precious, but it is worthless now because of the life of the Lord; the death of the sheep was precious, but it is worthless
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      Once, the slaying of the sheep was precious,
      but it is worthless now because of the life of the Lord;
      the death of the sheep was precious,
      but it is worthless now because of the salvation of the Lord;
      the blood of the sheep was precious,
      but it is worthless now because of the Spirit of the Lord;
      a speechless lamb was precious,
      but it is worthless now because of the spotless Son;
      the temple below was precious,
      but it is worthless now because of the Christ above.

      Melito of Sardis, On Pascha 44

      Melito, bishop of Sardis, was a prominent figure of second-century Christianity. A leader of the Church in Asia, Melito was, according to Eusebius of Caesarea, a supporter of the Quartodeciman theory. The Quartodecimans were early Christians who maintained the tradition derived from Judaism, and observed Pascha on the same occasion that the Jews observed Passover. Hippolytus reports that Melito was among the earliest proponents of the two natures in Christ, and Jerome echoes Tertullian in noting that Melito was considered a prophet by many in his own day. The present text, On Pascha, was written c. 167/168, and is the earliest Christian sermon that has survived from antiquity.
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