As a mother feeds her child with the proper food, at the proper time, and with the proper utensils, the Church feeds us the Word of God in bite-sized portions of the Word of God, at different times of the Church year, using the golden spoon of the Fathers. In all Her wisdom, tender care and love, our Mother Church yearns to feed her children the Holy Scriptures and nourish them with the Bread of Life. The paramount objective in this series is to introduce believers to the “Trialogue of Faith”—the harmony among the Holy Bible, the writings of the Church Fathers, and the Divine Liturgy. This symphony of discourse explains the sayings of the Holy Scripture through the writings of the Fathers and the liturgical tradition of the blessed Church. It is our hope and prayer that these publications will help each faithful believer to enter into the depth of contemplation and worship. Previous publications of this series have focused on the Sunday Gospel readings of the Coptic Orthodox Lectionary. This small book contains sermons and homilies centered around the Minor Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. In 2013, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press published a collection of ancient homilies on the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord, translated edited and introduced by Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J. This abbreviated collection also contains additional homilies such of St. Cyril of Alexandria, translated by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter George Dion. Dragas, a Coptic homily attributed to St. Ephrem the Syrian translated by Archimandrite Ephrem, and a homily of St. Jacob of Serug. These homilies are introduced by an article on the Transfiguration from the thrice- blessed, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III.
Patristics & Patrology
In a relatively short life time St. Basil (ca. 330-379) bequeathed to posterity a rich literary heritage. He intended the nine homilies on the Hexaemeron, probably delivered extemporaneously, to be an explanation of the literal meaning of the biblical account of creation. As a matter of fact these homilies show us a person who had [...]
Patristics & Patrology
An otherwise unknown second-century Christian, Ignatius was taken from Antioch to Rome in an imperial triumph, to be executed in the arena. He saw this triumphal proession as Christ s, as he went to a conquering death. As Christ s death brought about reconciliation between Jew and Gentile, Ignatius hoped that his death, united with [...]
For centuries, Christians have been challenged and inspired by the writings of the early church fathers. Their exhortations, thoughts, and meditations have been a beacon of light and hope to church leaders, laity, and theologians including Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Wesley. Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers presents selections of these [...]
The sermons of St John Chrysostom are noted as classical commentaries on the Christian life. Knowing well the realities of life in the world, the temptation of rich and poor alike, this great orator – “the golden-mouthed” – addresses the questions of wealth and poverty in the lives of people of his day. And yet, [...]
Pambo, Evagrius, Macarius of Egypt and Macarius of Alexandria, the four fathers presented in this volume, were well-known in Alexandria and Lower Egypt some 1600 years ago. Their lives, brought to fame by Palladius’ Lausiac History, provide valuable insight into the Egyptian monastic communities of the fourth century and into the saintly tradition of the [...]