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                    About the Popular Patristics Series

The Popular Patristics series comprises more than 40 volumes and is published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press. The series aims to provide readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history and theology to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.

Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.

Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. Patristic authors include Athanasius, Gregory the Great, St. Basil, St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Tertullian, and many, many more! The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.

Below you will find an exhaustive list arranged by popularity and presented over 4 pages.
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Six Books on the Priesthood (Popular Patristics)Six Books on the Priesthood (Popular Patristics)
St. John Chrysostom
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None of the early church fathers is more widely revered than St. John Chrysostom, and none of his works is more popular than On the Priesthood. Its stylistic brilliance demonstrates the appropriateness of St. John's enduring title for Chrysostom, "the golden-mouthed." Yet the rhetorical eloquence of the work is not simply camouflage for lack of substance...Read More
     

 
The Book of Pastoral Rule  (Popular Patristics)The Book of Pastoral Rule (Popular Patristics)
Saint Gregory the Great
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The Book of Pastoral Rule is the most thorough work of its kind from the patristic era. Gregory addresses the proper selection of clergy; the kind of life one should lead as the shepherd of souls; ways of discerning and healing sin in various types of personalities; and the need to be on guard against egotism and ambition...Read More
     

 
On the Holy Spirit (Popular Patristics)On the Holy Spirit (Popular Patristics)
Saint Basil the Great
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This edition of On the Holy Spirit presents a new translation of St Basil's treatise on the 3rd member of the Trinity. It is widely accepted as a classic expression of the church's understanding of the Spirit, and a lasting testimony to the author's Christian erudition. In the words of St. Gregory the Theologian, "St. Basil's treatise was written by a pen borrowed from the Spirit's store". Read More...
     

 
On God and Christ (Popular Patristics)On God and Christ (Popular Patristics)
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
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St. Gregory of Nazianzus, "The Theologian," was recognized among the Cappadocian Fathers as a peculiarly vivid and quotable exponent of the Trinity. A brilliant orator and accomplished poet, he placed before the Church his interpretation of the sublime mystery of the God revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. On God and Christ contains five sermons, probably delivered as a series at the small chapel of the Resurrection in Constantinople ...Read More
     

 

 
On the Unity of Christ (Popular Patristics)On the Unity of Christ (Popular Patristics)
Cyril of Alexandria
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Cyril of Alexandria in On the Unity of Christ argues for the single divine nature of Christ while also describing how the Messiah encompasses a full and authentic humanity in Jesus. This human experience is not overwhelmed by the divine presence but fostered and enhanced by it. The text here translated is one of his most important and approachable writings of the Patristic era...Read More
     

 
On Wealth and Poverty (Popular Patristics)On Wealth and Poverty (Popular Patristics)
John Chrysostom
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Knowing well the realities of life in the world, the temptation of rich and poor alike, Chysostom, the great orator, in On Wealth and Poverty addresses difficult questions about riches and lack in the lives of people of his day. As the modern reader is confronted with his words, it becomes startlingly obvious that we too are being addressed. St. John's words proclaim the truth of the Gospel to all people throughout all of time. Here in six sermons, the message of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) is delivered with clarity, compassion, judgment and insight into the human dilemma...Read More
     

 

 
Festal Orations  (Popular Patristics)Festal Orations (Popular Patristics)
St. Gregory of Nazianzus
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Throughout Orthodoxy, St. Gregory of Nazianzus is best known as "The Theologian", a title he shares only with the Evangelist John and St. Symeon the New Theologian. In the West, St. Gregory is best known for his Five Theological Orations, a classic...Read More
     

 
Three Treatises on the Divine Images (Popular Patristics)Three Treatises on the Divine Images (Popular Patristics)
John of Damascus
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In the 8th Century, when the iconoclastic controversy erupted, Christians began destroying religious imagery of all types. In the first-ever translation of these remarkable discourses today entitled Three Treatises on the Divine Images, St John of Damascus defends the use of religious imagery in worship...Read More
     

 
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