The OF Blog: April 2024

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Popular Patristics Series

Yes, I'm still doing a deep dive into the writings of the Christian Church Fathers, this time through buying/reading several volumes of the Popular Patristics Series.  As is the norm for series, I will list in italics books owned but not yet read and bold the ones that I've read.  I'm cautiously optimistic that I will have time later this summer to write essays on at least a few of these, perhaps on a different blog than this venerable one.  

Total through 5/12/2024:  32 books owned.

  1. On the Priesthood by St. John Chrysostom
  2. Lectures on the Christian Sacraments by St. Cyril of Jerusalem (discontinued)
  3. On the Divine Images by St. John of Damascus (discontinued)
  4. On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius (discontinued)
  5. On the Holy Spirit by St. Basil the Great (discontinued)
  6. On the Holy Icons by St. Theodore the Studite
  7. On Marriage and Family Life by St. John Chrysostom
  8. On the Divine Liturgy by St. Germanus of Constantinople
  9. On Wealth and Poverty by St. John Chrysostom (2nd edition published 2020)
  10. Hymns on Paradise by St. Ephrem the Syrian
  11. On Ascetical Life by St. Isaac of Nineveh
  12. On the Soul and Resurrection by St. Gregory of Nyssa
  13. On the Unity of Christ by St. Cyril of Alexandria
  14. On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses, vol. 1: The Church and The Last Things by St. Symeon the New Theologian
  15. On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses, vol. 2: On Virtue and Christian Life by St. Symeon the New Theologian
  16. On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses, vol. 3: Life, Times, and Theology by St. Symeon the New Theologian
  17. On the Apostolic Preaching by St. Irenaeus of Lyons
  18. On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies
  19. On the Mother of God by Jacob of Serug
  20. On Pascha by Melito of Sardis (discontinued)
  21. On God and Man: The Theological Poetry of St. Gregory of Nazianzus
  22. On the Apostolic Tradition by St. Hippolytus (discontinued)
  23. On God and Christ, The Five Theological Orations and Two Letters to Cledonius by St. Gregory of Nazianzus
  24. Three Treatises on the Divine Images by St. John of Damascus (new translation, replaces volume 3)
  25. On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ by St. Maximus the Confessor
  26. Letters from the Desert by St. Barsanuphius and John
  27. Four Desert Fathers – Pambo, Evagrius, Macarius of Egypt, and Macarius of Alexandria
  28. Saint Macarius the Spiritbearer: Coptic Texts Relating to Saint Macarius the Great
  29. On the Lord’s Prayer by Tertullian, St. Cyprian, & Origen
  30. On the Human Condition by St. Basil the Great
  31. The Cult of the Saints by St. John Chrysostom
  32. On the Church: Select Treatises by St. Cyprian of Carthage
  33. On the Church: Select Letters by St. Cyprian of Carthage
  34. The Book of Pastoral Rule by St. Gregory the Great
  35. Wider Than Heaven: Eighth-century Homilies on the Mother of God
  36. Festal Orations by St. Gregory of Nazianzus
  37. Counsels on the Spiritual Life, Volumes One and Two by St. Mark the Monk
  38. On Social Justice by St. Basil the Great
  39. Harp of Glory (Enzira Sebhat): An Alphabetical Hymn of Praise for the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church
  40. Divine Eros: Hymns of Saint Symeon the New Theologian
  41. On the Two Ways: Life or Death, Light or Darkness: Foundational Texts in the Tradition
  42. On the Holy Spirit by St. Basil the Great (new translation, replaces volume 5)
  43. Works on the Spirit by St. Athanasius the Great and Didymus the Blind
  44. On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius the Great (new translation, replaces volume 4; available in Greek and English (44A) or English only (44B); own both)
  45. Treasure-house of Mysteries: Exploration of the Sacred Text Through Poetry in the Syriac Tradition
  46. Poems on Scripture by St. Gregory of Nazianzus
  47. On Christian Doctrine and Practice St. Basil the Great
  48. Light on the Mountain: Greek Patristic and Byzantine Homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord
  49. The Letters by St. Ignatius of Antioch
  50. On Fasting and Feasts by St. Basil the Great
  51. On Christian Ethics by St. Basil the Great
  52. Give Me a Word: The Alphabetical Sayings of the Desert Fathers
  53. Two Hundred Chapters On Theology by St. Maximus the Confessor
  54. On the Apostolic Tradition (Second Edition) by St. Hippolytus (replaces volume 22)
  55. On Pascha (Second Edition) by Melito of Sardis (replaces volume 20)
  56. Letters to Saint Olympia by St. John Chrysostom
  57. Lectures on the Christian Sacraments (Second Edition) by St. Cyril of Jerusalem (replaces volume 2)
  58. The Testament of the Lord: Worship and Discipline in the Early Church
  59. On the Ecclesiastical Mystagogy: A Theological Vision of the Liturgy by St. Maximus the Confessor
  60. Catechetical Discourse: A Handbook for Catechists by St. Gregory of Nyssa
  61. Hymns of Repentance by St. Romanos the Melodist
  62. On the Orthodox Faith: Volume 3 of the Fount of Knowledge by St. John of Damascus
  63. Headings on Spiritual Knowledge: The Second Part, Chapters 1-3 by St. Isaac of Nineveh
  64. On Death and Eternal Life by St. Gregory of Nyssa
  65. The Prayers of Saint Sarapion: The Bishop of Thmuis
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