Introduction to the Ancoratus: Letter written to Pamphylia,
To my Lords, brothers and fellow elders, Matidio, Tarsinos and Numerios, along with the rest of you, and our dearly beloved children, Palladio and Severino, whose strive for an intense flamed devotion to a blessed and desirable kind of life, you have so chosen the right and correct faith in perfect harmony and agreement with the Church. Thus, expressing the same view, conduct and manner of the Saviour: If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor (Matt. 19.21), and in this manner: brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet (Acts 4.34-35). There minds were united in what they thought was best and appropriate. Epiphanius, the least of the bishops and the brothers with him, send greetings in the Lord.
I consider myself truly very happy, my dearly beloved, though I am nothing like them, their way of life of these holy men in their zeal for God is to be highly commended, to the degree they have given me the incentive to stimulate my mind towards offering something more useful. It is my nature to try to keep humble and not get ahead of myself, especially when we take into account what the Apostle said: But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us (2Cor. 10.13) and it comes to this. Everyone is on your side and they speak of the Godly excitement you have and all those who of the same opinion as you, having embraced the same faith, one of whom is our son, Hypatios, who came to me from the land of Egypt. I will undertake this task in a particular way with self-control and I will not avoid this any longer and write down the things concerning the faith. Since you and all our brothers (and sisters) have asked me to address such matters as our salvation and the solid trustworthiness and foundation of our faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well other Christian doctrines such as the resurrection of the dead, the Incarnation and other similar topics in the Old and New Testaments, as well as other divine and holy letters of authority, things relating to our perfect salvation. I am hearing your request and from Konope and those with him and it is no small task you are asking of me. In particular from you most honourable, most beloved children including our son, Hypatios, who came to me from Egypt on account of this request. It is clear this request is a unanimous and a united one. I see there are so many in favour of this and will see to it that I get started as soon as I can. I will try to do it promptly and actively, without procrastinating on the task, just as your letters have asked of me.