You are asked to follow without hypocrisy. He would deceive his bishop who can see, would also disrespect the Lord who is invisible. I pray you work to fulfill everything in godly unanimity – under the supervision of the bishops who occupy the place of Christ and of the presbyters who constitute the assembly of the apostles – not thinking that whatever you do alone and apart would be correct.
St. Ignatios of Antioch
Translated by Dr. Nick Stergiou