The Epistle Of Ignatius To Hero A Deacon Of Antioch by Ignatius
Chapter III.--Exhortations as to ecclesiastical duties.
|Honour widows that are widows indeed.| Be the friend of orphans; for God is |the Father of the fatherless, and the Judge of the widows.| Do nothing without the bishops; for they are priests, and thou a servant of the priests. They baptize, offer sacrifice, ordain, and lay on hands; but thou ministerest to them, as the holy Stephen did at Jerusalem to James and the presbyters. Do not neglect the sacred meetings [of the saints]; inquire after every one by name. |Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example to the believers, both in word and conduct.|