The Cult of the Saints expanded rapidly in the fourth century---with Chrysostom's homilies serving as important witnesses to its growth. Originally focused on those who died confessing the faith, whether at the hands of Romans, Jews, or others, the cult came to embody public veneration of the departed and their related relics.
About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritu7al 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. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.