Now, brethren, a revelation was made unto me in my sleep by a youth of exceeding fair form, who said to me, “Whom thinkest thou the aged woman, from whom thou receivedst the book, to be?”
I say, “The Sibyl”
“Thou art wrong,” saith he, “she is not.”
“Who then is she?” I say.
“The Church,” saith he.
I said unto him, “Wherefore then is she aged?”
“Because,” saith he, “she was created before all things; therefore is she aged; and for her sake the world was framed.”
Vision 2, the Shepherd of Hermas
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