Methodius, Fragment 1 of the Homily on the Cross and Passion of Christ

For Monday of Holy Week Methodius, Bishop, to those who say: What does it profit us that the Son of God was crucified upon earth, and made man? And wherefore did He endure to suffer in the manner of the cross, and not by some other punishment? And what was the advantage of the cross?Continue reading “Methodius, Fragment 1 of the Homily on the Cross and Passion of Christ”

Theophilus of Alexandria, Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief (Excerpt 3)

For Thursday of Lent Week 5 [From Norman Russell, Theophilus of Alexandria, The Early Fathers of the Church (New York: Routledge, 2007).] Do you want to know the truth? Listen, I will tell you it. I will say to you again that while they do all these things to him, he turned his eyes towardsContinue reading “Theophilus of Alexandria, Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief (Excerpt 3)”

Theophilus of Alexandria, Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief (Excerpt 2)

For Wednesday of Lent Week 5 [From Norman Russell, Theophilus of Alexandria, The Early Fathers of the Church (New York: Routledge, 2007).] Consider and contemplate God’s mercy and great patience. He looks down from on high and sees his only-begotten Son nailed to the wood, and is longsuffering in his great bounty. For him, then,Continue reading “Theophilus of Alexandria, Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief (Excerpt 2)”

Theophilus of Alexandria, Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief (Excerpt 1)

For Tuesday of Lent Week 5 [From Norman Russell, Theophilus of Alexandria, The Early Fathers of the Church (New York: Routledge, 2007).] In spite of all these things accomplished by him in their presence, they did not give him credence, but seized him and delivered him to be crucified. Having brought him into the courtContinue reading “Theophilus of Alexandria, Homily on the Crucifixion and the Good Thief (Excerpt 1)”

Athanasius, Festal Letter 43 Fragment

For Wednesday of Lent Week 4 Of us, then, whose also is the Passover, the calling is from above, and “our conversation is in heaven,” as Paul says; “For we have here no abiding city, but we seek that which is to come,” whereto, also, looking forward, we properly keep the feast. (And again, afterwards:)Continue reading “Athanasius, Festal Letter 43 Fragment”

Athanasius, Festal Letter 42 Fragment

For Tuesday of Lent Week 4 For we have been called, brethren, and are now called together, by Wisdom, and according to the Evangelical parable, to that great and heavenly Supper, and sufficient for every creature; I mean, to the Passover—to Christ, Who is sacrificed; for “Christ our Passover is sacrificed.” (And afterwards:) They, therefore,Continue reading “Athanasius, Festal Letter 42 Fragment”