This publication is a pastoral homily of the Patriarch Saint Severus of Antioch written in praise of the Holy Mother of God. This text was translated from Patrologia Orentalis 38/2:400-15 by Professor Pauline Allen of Australian Catholic University and Professor C.T.R. Hayward of Durham University in the United Kingdom. We are deeply indebted for their translation and their gracious permission to reprint it for your benefit.
Popular Patristics Series By: St. Gregory of Nyssa In the fourth century, the Christian church emerged from the catacombs as a spiritual and intellectual force, and many believers struggled to explain their faith within prevailing philosophical systems. Among them was St. Gregory, bishop of Nyssa, who examined the doctrine of the bodily resurrection. Following Plato’s [...]
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St. Ignatius, first-century Bishop of Antioch, called the God-bearer, is one of the earliest witnesses to the truth of Christ and the nature of the Christian life. Tradition tells us that as a small child, Ignatius was singled out by Jesus Himself as an example of the childlike faith all Christians must possess (see Matthew [...]
Macarius the Great (also referred to as Macarius of Egypt or Macarius the Egyptian) presided over a loosely knit scattering of ascetic monastic communities in the fourth century Egyptian desert. He enjoyed great respect during his lifetime and his fame was further spread after appearing in Palladius’ Lausiac History. This volume presents three ancient texts [...]
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This informative and enjoyable little book serves as a valuable introduction to major themes in Greek Patristic anthropology-the image of God in the human being, the Fall of humanity, and the cause of evil-and brings together the main writings of St Basil the Great, fourth-century archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, on these subjects. St Basil [...]
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