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Fathers Of The Church
Catholic Edition

Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries: Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius,
Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions,Homily, and Liturgies

FATHERS OF THE THIRD AND FOURTH CENTURIES: LACTANTIUS, VENANTIUS, ASTERIUS, VICTORINUS, DIONYSIUS, APOSTOLIC TEACHING AND CONSTITUTIONS, HOMILY, AND LITURGIES

ANTE-NICENE FATHERS VOLUME VII FATHERS OF THE THIRD AND FOURTH CENTURIES: LACTANTIUS, VENANTIUS, ASTERIUS, VICTORINUS, DIONYSIUS, APOSTOLIC TEACHING AND CONSTITUTIONS, HOMILY, AND LITURGIES.

THE ANTE-NICENE FATHERS TRANSLATIONS OF THE WRITINGS OF THE FATHERS DOWN TO A.D. 325.




LACTANTIUS

The Divine Institutes

A Treatise on the Anger of God
Addressed to Donatus

On the Workmanship of God, or the Formation of Man
A Treatise Addressed to His Pupil Demetrianus

Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died
Addressed to Donatus

Fragments of Lactantius

VENANTIUS

On Easter

ASTERIUS URBANUS

The Extant Writings of Asterius Urbanus

VICTORINUS

On The Creation Of The World

Commentary On The Apocalypse Of The Blessed John

DIONYSIUS

Against the Sabellians

The Teaching Of The Twelve Apostles

Constitutions of the Holy Apostles

An Ancient Homily, Commonly Styled The Second Epistle Of Clement

Nicene Council
The Nicene Creed

Early Liturgies






LACTANTIUS

The Divine Institutes

Book I
Of the False Worship of the gods

Preface
Of what great value the knowledge of the truth is and always has been

Chap. I
of religion and wisdom

Chap. II
That there is a providence in the affairs of men

Chap. III
Whether the universe is governed by the power of one god or of many

Chap. IV
That the one god was foretold even by the prophets

Chap. V
Of the testimonies of poets and philosophers

Chap. VI
Of divine testimonies, and of the sibyls and their predictions

Chap. VIII
that god is without a body, nor does he need difference of sex for procreation

Chap. IX
Of hercules and his life and death

Chap. X
Of the life and actions of AEsculapius, apollo, neptune, mars, castor and pollux, mercury and bacchus

Chap. XI
of the origin, life, reign, name and death of jupiter, and of saturn and uranus

Chap. XII
that the stoics transfer the figments of the poets to a philosophical system

Chap. XIII
how vain and trifling are the interpretations of the stoics respecting the gods, and in them concerning the origin of jupiter, concerning saturn and Ops

Chap. XIV
what the sacred history of euhemerus and ennius teaches concerning the gods

Chap. XV
how they who were men obtained the name of gods

Chap. XVI
by what argument it is proved that those who are distinguished by a difference of sex cannot be gods

Chap. XVII
concerning the same opinion of the stoics, and concerning the hardships and disgraceful conduct of the gods

Chap. XVIII
on the consecration of gods, on account of the benefits which they conferred upon men

Chap. XIX
that it is impossible for any one to worship the true god together with false deities

Chap. XX
of the gods peculiar to the Romans, and their sacred rites

Chap. XXI
of certain deities peculiar to barbarians, and their sacred rites; and in like manner concerning the romans

Chap. XXII
who was the author of the vanities before described in italy among the romans, and who among other nations

Chap. XXIII
of the ages of vain superstitions, and the times at which they commenced

Book II
Of the Origin of Error

Chap. I
that forgetfulness of reason makes men ignorant of the true god, whom they worship in adversity and despise in prosperity

Chap. II
what was the first cause of making images; of the true likeness of god, and the true worship of him

Chap. III
that cicero and other men of learning erred in not turning away the people from error

Chap. IV
of images, and the ornaments of temples, and the contempt in which they are held even by the heathens themselves

Chap. V
that god only, the creator of all things, is to be worshipped, and not the elements or heavenly bodies; and the opinion of the stoics is refuted, who think that the stars and planets are gods

Chap. VI
that neither the whole universe nor the elements are god, nor are they possessed of life

Chap. VII
of god, and the religious rites of the foolish; of avarice, and the authority of ancestors

Chap. VIII
of the use of reason in religion; and of dreams, auguries, oracles, and similar portents

Chap. IX
of the devil, the world, god, providence, man, and his wisdom

Chap. X
Of the World, and Its Parts, the Elements and Seasons

Chap. XI
Of Living Creatures, of Man; Prometheus, Deucalion, the ParcAE

Chap. XII
That Animals Were Not Produced Spontaneously, But by a Divine Arrangement, of Which God Would Have Given Us the Knowledge, If It Were Advantageous for Us to Know It

Chap. XIII
Why Man is of Two Sexes; What is His First Death, and What the Second and of the Fault and Punishment of Our First Parents

Chap. XIV
Of Noah the Inventor of Wine, Who First Had Knowledge of the Stars, and of the Origin of False Religions

Chap. XV
Of the Corruption of Angels, and the Two Kinds of Demons

Chap. XVI
That Demons Have No Power Over Those Who are Established in the Faith

Chap. XVII
That Astrology, Soothsaying, and Similar Arts are the Invention of Demons

Chap. XVIII
Of the Patience and Vengeance of God, the Worship of Demons, and False Religions

Chap. XIX
Of the Worship of Images and Earthly Objects

Chap. XX
Of Philosophy and the Truth

Book III
Of the False Wisdom of Philosophers

Chap. I
A Comparison of the Truth with Eloquence: Why the Philosophers Did Not Attain to It. Of the Simple Style of the Scriptures

Chap. II
Of Philosophy, and How Vain Was Its Occupation in Setting Forth the Truth

Chap. III
Of What Subjects Philosophy Consists, and Who Was the Chief Founder of the Academic Sect

Chap. IV
That Knowledge is Taken Away by Socrates, and Conjecture by Zeno

Chap. V
That the Knowledge of Many Things is Necessary

Chap. VI
Of Wisdom, and the Academics, and Natural Philosophy

Chap. VII
Of Moral Philosophy, and the Chief Good

Chap. VIII
Of the Chief Good, and the Pleasures of the Soul and Body, and of Virtue

Chap. IX
Of the Chief Good, and the Worship of the True God, and a Refutation of Anaxagoras

Chap. X
It is the Peculiar Property of Man to Know and Worship God

Chap. XI
Of Religion, Wisdom, and the Chief Good

Chap. XII
Of the Twofold Conflict of Body and Soul; And of Desiring Virtue on Account of Eternal Life

Chap. XIII
Of the Immortality of the Soul, and of Wisdom, Philosophy, and Eloquence

Chap. XIV
That Lucretius and Others Have Erred, and Cicero Himself, in Fixing the Origin of Wisdom

Chap. XV
The Error of Seneca in Philosophy, and How the Speech of Philosophers is at Variance with Their Life

Chap. XVI
That the Philosophers Who Give Good Instructions Live Badly, by the Testimony of Cicero; Therefore We Should Not So Much Devote Ourselves to the Study of Philosophy as to Wisdom

Chap. XVII
He Passes from Philosophy to the Philosophers, Beginning with Epicurus; And How He Regarded Leucippus and Democritus as Authors of Error

Chap. XVIII
The Pythagoreans and Stoics, While They Hold the Immortality of the Soul, Foolishly Persuade a Voluntary Death

Chap. XIX
Cicero and Others of the Wisest Men Teach the Immortality of the Soul, But in an Unbelieving Manner; And that a Good or an Evil Death Must Be Weighed from the Previous Life

Chap. XX
Socrates Had More Knowledge in Philosophy Than Other Men, Although in Many Things He Acted Foolishly

Chap. XXI
Of the System of Plato, Which Would Lead to the Overthrow of States

Chap. XXII
Of the Precepts of Plato, and Censures of the Same

Chap. XXIII
Of the Errors of Certain Philosophers, and of the Sun and Moon

Chap. XXIV
Of the Antipodes, the Heaven, and the Stars

Chap. XXV
Of Learning Philosophy, and What Great Qualifications are Necessary for Its Pursuit

Chap. XXVI
It is Divine Instruction Only Which Bestows Wisdom; And of What Efficacy the Law of God is

Chap. XXVII
How Little the Precepts of Philosophers Contribute to True Wisdom, Which You Will Find in Religion Only

Chap. XXVIII
Of True Religion and of Nature. Whether Fortune is a Goddess, and of Philosophy

Chap. XXIX
Of Fortune Again, and Virtue

Chap. XXX
The Conclusion of the Things Before Spoken; And by What Means We Must Pass from the Vanity of the Philosophers to True Wisdom, and the Knowledge of the True God, in Which Alone are Virtue and Happiness

Book IV
Of True Wisdom and Religion

Chap. I
Of the Former Religion of Men, and How Error Was Spread Over Every Age, and of the Seven Wise Men of Greece

Chap. II
Where Wisdom is to Be Found; Why Pythagoras and Plato Did Not Approach the Jews

Chap. III
Wisdom and Religion Cannot Be Separated: the Lord of Nature Must Necessarily Be the Father of Every One

Chap. IV
Of Wisdom Likewise, and Religion, and of the Right of Father and Lord

Chap. V
The Oracles of the Prophets Must Be Looked Into; And of Their Times, and the Times of the Judges and Kings

Chap. VI
Almighty God Begat His Son; And the Testimonies of the Sibyls and of Trismegistus Concerning Him

Chap. VII
Of the Name of Son, and Whence He is Called Jesus and Christ

Chap. VIII
Of the Birth of Jesus in the Spirit and in the Flesh: of Spirits and the Testimonies of Prophets

Chap. IX
Of the Word of God

Chap. X
Of the Advent of Jesus; Of the Fortunes of the Jews, and Their Government, Until the Passion of the Lord

Chap. XI
Of the Cause of the Incarnation of Christ

Chap. XII
Of the Birth of Jesus from the Virgin; Of His Life, Death, and Resurrection, and the Testimonies of the Prophets Respecting These Things

Chap. XIII
Of Jesus, God and Man; And the Testimonies of the Prophets Concerning Him

Chap. XIV
Of the Priesthood of Jesus Foretold by the Prophets

Chap. XV
Of the Life and Miracles of Jesus, and Testimonies Concerning Them

Chap. XVI
Of the Passion of Jesus Christ; That It Was Foretold

Chap. XVII
Of the Superstitions of the Jews, and Their Hatred Against Jesus

Chap. XVIII
Of the Lord’s Passion, and that It Was Foretold

Chap. XIX
Of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus; And the Predictions of These Events

Chap. XX
Of the Departure of Jesus into Galilee After His Resurrection; And of the Two Testaments, the Old and the New

Chap. XXI
Of the Ascension of Jesus, and the Foretelling of It; And of the Preaching and Actions of the Disciples

Chap. XXII
Arguments of Unbelievers Against the Incarnation of Jesus

Chap. XXIII
Of Giving Precepts, and Acting

Chap. XXIV
The Overthrowing of the Arguments Above Urged by Way of Objection

Chap. XXV
Of the Advent of Jesus in the Flesh and Spirit, that He Might Be Mediator Between God and Man

Chap. XXVI
Of the Cross, and Other Tortures of Jesus, and of the Figure of the Lamb Under the Law

Chap. XXVII
Of the Wonders Effected by the Power of the Cross, and of Demons

Chap. XXVIII
Of Hope and True Religion, and of Superstition

Chap. XXIX
Of the Christian Religion, and of the Union of Jesus with the Father

Chap. XXX
Of Avoiding Heresies and Superstitions, and What is the Only True Catholic Church

Book V
Of Justice

Chap. I
Of the Non-Condemnation of Accused Persons Without a Hearing of Their Cause; From What Cause Philosophers Despised the Sacred Writings; Of the First Advocates of the Christian Religion

Chap. II
To What an Extent the Christian Truth Has Been Assailed by Rash Men

Chap. III
Of the Truth of the Christian Doctrine, and the Vanity of Its Adversaries; And that Christ Was Not a Magician

Chap. IV
Why This Work Was Published, and Again of Tertullian and Cyprian

Chap. V
There Was True Justice Under Saturnus, But It Was Banished by Jupiter

Chap. VI
After the Banishment of Justice, Lust, Unjust Laws, Daring, Avarice, Ambition, Pride, Impiety, and Other Vices Reigned

Chap. VII
Of the Coming of Jesus, and Its Fruit; And of the Virtues and Vices of that Age

Chap. VIII
Of Justice Known to All, But Not Embraced; Of the True Temple of God, and of His Worship, that All Vices May Be Subdued

Chap. IX
Of the Crimes of the Wicked, and the Torture Inflicted on the Christians

Chap. X
Of False Piety, and of False and True Religion

Chap. XII
Of True Virtue; And of the Estimation of a Good or Bad Citizen

Chap. XIII
Of the Increase and the Punishment of the Christians

Chap. XIV
Of the Fortitude of the Christians

Chap. XV
Of Folly, Wisdom, Piety, Equity, and Justice

Chap. XVI
Of the Duties of the Just Man, and the Equity of Christians

Chap. XVII
Of the Equity, Wisdom, and Foolishness of Christians

Chap. XVIII
Of Justice, Wisdom, and Folly

Chap. XIX
Of Virtue and the Tortures of Christians, and of the Right of a Father and Master

Chap. XX
Of the Vanity and Crimes, Impious Superstitions, and of the Tortures of the Christians

Chap. XXI
Of the Worship of Other Gods and the True God, and of the Animals Which the Egyptians Worshipped

Chap. XXII
Of the Rage of the Demons Against Christians, and the Error of Unbelievers

Chap. XXIII
Of the Justice and Patience of the Christians

Chap. XXIV
Of the Divine Vengeance Inflicted on the Torturers of the Christians

Book VI
Of True Worship

Chap. I
Of the Worship of the True God, and of Innocency, and of the Worship of False Gods

Chap. II
Of the Worship of False Gods and the True God

Chap. III
Of the Ways, and of Vices and Virtues; And of the Rewards of Heaven and the Punishments of Hell

Chap. IV
Of the Ways of Life, of Pleasures, Also of the Hardships of Christians

Chap. V
Of False and True Virtue; And of Knowledge

Chap. VI
Of the Chief Good and Virtue, and or Knowledge and Righteousness

Chap. VII
Of the Way of Error and of Truth: that It is Single, Narrow, and Steep, and Has God for Its Guide

Chap. VIII
Of the Errors of Philosophers, and the Variableness of Law

Chap. IX
Of the Law and Precept of God; Of Mercy, and the Error of the Philosophers

Chap. X
Of Religion Towards God, and Mercy Towards Men; And of the Beginning of the World

Chap. XI
Of the Persons Upon Whom a Benefit is to Be Conferred

Chap. XII
Of the Kinds of Beneficence, and Works of Mercy

Chap. XIII
Of Repentance, of Mercy, and the Forgiveness of Sins

Chap. XIV
Of the Affections, and the Opinion of the Stoics Respecting Them; And of Virtue, the Vices, and Mercy

Chap. XV
Of the Affections, and the Opinion of the Peripatetics Respecting Them

Chap. XVI
Of the Affections, and the Refutation of the Opinion of the Peripatetics Concerning Them; What is the Proper Use of the Affections, and What is a Bad Use of Them

Chap. XVII
Of the Affections and Their Use; Of Patience, and the Chief Good of Christians

Chap. XVIII
Of Some Commands of God, and of Patience

Chap. XIX
Of the Affections and Their Use; And of the Three Furies

Chap. XX
Of the Senses, and Their Pleasures in the Brutes and in Man; And of Pleasures of the Eyes, and Spectacles

Chap. XXI
Of the Pleasures of the Ears, and of Sacred Literature

Chap. XXII
Of the Pleasures of Taste and Smell

Chap. XXIII
De Tactus Voluptate Et Libidine, Atque de Matrimonio Et Continentia

Chap. XXIV
Of Repentance, of Pardon, and the Commands of God

Chap. XXV
Of Sacrifice, and of an Offering Worthy of God, and of the Form of Praising God

Book VII
Of a Happy Life

Chap. I
Of the World, and Those Who are About to Believe, and Those Who are Not; And in This the Censure of the Faithless

Chap. II
Of the Error of the Philosophers, and of the Divine Wisdom, and of the Golden Age

Chap. III
Of Nature, and of the World; And a Censure of the Stoics and Epicureans

Chap. IV
That All Things Were Created for Some Use, Even Those Things Which Appear Evil; On What Account Man Enjoys Reason in So Frail a Body

Chap. V
Of the Creation of Man, and of the Arrangement of the World, and of the Chief Good

Chap. VI
Why the World and Man Were Created. How Unprofitable is the Worship of False Gods

Chap. VII
Of the Variety of Philosophers, and Their Truth

Chap. VIII
Of the Immortality of the Soul

Chap. IX
Of the Immortality of the Soul, and of Virtue

Chap. X
Of Vices and Virtues, and of Life and Death

Chap. XI
Of the Last Times, and of the Soul and Body

Chap. XII
Of the Soul and the Body, and of Their Union and Separation and Return

Chap. XIII
Of the Soul, and the Testimonies Concerning Its Eternity

Chap. XIV
Of the First and Last Times of the World

Chap. XV
Of the Devastation of the World and Change of the Empires

Chap. XVII
Of the False Prophet, and the Hardships of the Righteous, and His Destruction

Chap. XVIII
Of the Fortunes of the World at the Last Time, and of the Things Foretold by the Soothsayers

Chap. XIX
Of the Advent of Christ to Judgment, and of the Overcoming of the False Prophet

Chap. XX
Of the Judgment of Christ, of Christians, and of the Soul

Chap. XXI
Of the Torments and Punishments of Souls

Chap. XXII
Of the Error of the Poets, and the Return of the Soul from the Lower Regions

Chap. XXIII
Of the Resurrection of the Soul, and the Proofs of This Fact

Chap. XXIV
Of the Renewed World

Chap. XXV
Of the Last Times, and of the City of Rome

Chap. XXVI
Of the Loosing of the Devil, and of the Second and Greatest Judgment

Chap. XXVII
An Encouragement and Confirmation of the Pious

The Epitome of the Divine Institutes
Addressed to His Brother Pentadius

The Preface
The Plan and Purport of the Whole Epitome, And of the Institutions

Chap. I
Of the Divine Providence

Chap. II
That There is But One God, and that There Cannot Be More

Chap. III
The Testimonies of the Poets Concerning the One God

Chap. IV
The Testimonies of the Philosophers to the Unity of God

Chap. V
That the Prophetic Women—That Is, the Sibyls—Declare that There is But One God

Chap. VI
Since God is Eternal and Immortal, He Does Not Stand in Need of Sex and Succession

Chap. VII
Of the Wicked Life and Death of Hercules

Chap. VIII
Of AEsculapius, Apollo, Mars, Castor and Pollux, and of Mercurius and Bacchus

Chap. IX
Of the Disgraceful Deeds of the Gods

Chap. X
Of Jupiter, and His Licentious Life

Chap. XI
The Various Emblems Under Which the Poets Veiled the Turpitude of Jupiter

Chap. XII
The Poets Do Not Invent All Those Things Which Relate to the Gods

Chap. XIII
The Actions of Jupiter are Related from the Historian Euhemerus

Chap. XIV
The Actions of Saturnus and Uranus Taken from the Historians

Chap. XX
Of the Gods Peculiar to the Romans

Chap. XXI
Of the Sacred Rites of the Roman Gods

Chap. XXII
Of the Sacred Rites Introduced by Faunus and Numa

Chap. XXIII
Of the Gods and Sacred Rites of the Barbarians

Chap. XXIV
Of the Origin of Sacred Rites and Superstitions

Chap. XXV
Of the Golden Age, of Images, and Prometheus, Who First Fashioned Man

Chap. XXVI
Of the Worship of the Elements and Stars

Chap. XXVII
Of the Creation, Sin, and Punishment of Man; And of Angels, Both Good and Bad

Chap. XXVIII
Of the Demons, and Their Evil Practices

Chap. XXIX
Of the Patience and Providence of God

Chap. XXX
Of False Wisdom

Chap. XXXI
Of Knowledge and Supposition

Chap. XXXII
Of the Sects of Philosophers, and Their Disagreement

Chap. XXXIII
What is the Chief Good to Be Sought in Life

Chap. XXXIV
That Men are Born to Justice

Chap. XXXV
That Immortality is the Chief Good

Chap. XXXVI
Of the Philosophers,—Namely, Epicurus and Pythagoras

Chap. XXXVII
Of Socrates and His Contradiction

Chap. XXXVIII
Of Plato, Whose Doctrine Approaches More Nearly to the Truth

Chap. XXXIX
Of Various Philosophers, and of the Antipodes

Chap. XL
Of the Foolishness of the Philosophers

Chap. XLI
Of True Religion and Wisdom

Chap. XLII
Of Religious Wisdom: the Name of Christ Known to None, Except Himself and His Father

Chap. XLIII
Of the Name of Jesus Christ, and His Twofold Nativity

Chap. XLIV
The Twofold Nativity of Christ is Proved from the Prophets

Chap. XLV
The Power and Works of Christ are Proved from the Scriptures

Chap. XLVI
It is Proved from the Prophets that the Passion and Death of Christ Had Been Foretold

Chap. XLVII
Of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Sending of the Apostles, and the Ascension of the Saviour into Heaven

Chap. XLVIII
Of the Disinheriting of the Jews, and the Adoption of the Gentiles

Chap. XLIX
That God is One Only

Chap. L
Why God Assumed a Mortal Body, and Suffered Death

Chap. LI
Of the Death of Christ on the Cross

Chap. LII
The Hope of the Salvation of Men Consists in the Knowledge of the True God, and of the Hatred of the Heathens Against the Christians

Chap. LIII
The Reasons of the Hatred Against the Christians are Examined and Refuted

Chap. LIV
Of the Freedom of Religion in the Worship of God

Chap. LV
The Heathens Charge Justice with Impiety in Following God

Chap. LVI
Of Justice, Which is the Worship of the True God

Chap. LVII
Of Wisdom and Foolishness

Chap. LVIII
Of the True Worship of God, and Sacrifice

Chap. LIX
Of the Ways of Life, and the First Times of the World

Chap. LX
Of the Duties of Justice

Chap. LXI
Of the Passions

Chap. LXII
Of Restraining the Pleasures of the Senses

Chap. LXIII
That Shows are Most Powerful to Corrupt the Minds

Chap. LXIV
The Passions are to Be Subdued, and We Must Abstain from Forbidden Things

Chap. LXV
Precepts About Those Things Which are Commanded, and of Pity

Chap. LXVI
Of Faith in Religion, and of Fortitude

Chap. LXVII
Of Repentance, the Immortality of the Soul, and of Providence

Chap. LXVIII
Of the World, Man, and the Providence of God

Chap. LXIX
That the World Was Made on Account of Man, and Man on Account of God

Chap. LXX
The Immortality of the Soul is Confirmed

Chap. LXXI
Of the Last Times

Chap. LXXII
Of Christ Descending from Heaven to the General Judgment, and of the Millenarian Reign

Chap. LXXIII
The Hope of Safety is in the Religion and Worship of God

A Treatise on the Anger of God
Addressed to Donatus

Chap. I
Of Divine and Human Wisdom

Chap. II
Of the Truth and Its Steps, and of God

Chap. III
Of the Good and Evil Things in Human Affairs, and of Their Author

Chap. IV
Of God and His Affections, and the Censure of Epicurus

Chap. V
The Opinion of the Stoics Concerning God; Of His Anger and Kindness

Chap. VI
That God is Angry

Chap. VII
Of Man, and the Brute Animals, and Religion

Chap. VIII
Of Religion

Chap. IX
Of the Providence of God, and of Opinions Opposed to It

Chap. X
Of the Origin of the World, and the Nature of Affairs, and the Providence of God

Chap. XI
Of God, and that the One God, and by Whose Providence the World is Governed and Exists

Chap. XII
Of Religion and the Fear of God

Chap. XIII
Of the Advantage and Use of the World and of the Seasons

Chap. XIV
Why God Made Man

Chap. XV
Whence Sins Extended to Man

Chap. XVI
Of God, and His Anger and Affections

Chap. XVII
Of God, His Care and Anger

Chap. XVIII
Of the Punishment of Faults, that It Cannot Take Place Without Anger

Chap. XIX
Of the Soul and Body, and of Providence

Chap. XX
Of Offences, and the Mercy of God

Chap. XXI
Of the Anger of God and Man

Chap. XXII
Of Sins, and the Verses of the Sibyls Respecting Them Recited

Chap. XXIII
Of the Anger of God and the Punishment of Sins, and a Recital of the Verses of the Sibyls Respecting It; And, Moreover, a Reproof and Exhortation

On the Workmanship of God, or the Formation of Man
A Treatise Addressed to His Pupil Demetrianus

Chap. I
The Introduction, and Exhortation to Demetrianus

Chap. II
Of the Production of the Beasts and of Man

Chap. III
Of the Condition of the Beasts and Man

Chap. IV
Of the Weakness of Man

Chap. V
Of the Figures and Limbs of Animals

Chap. VI
Of the Error of Epicurus, and of the Limbs and Their Use

Chap. VII
Of All the Parts of the Body

Chap. VIII
Of the Parts of Man: the Eyes and Ears

Chap. IX
Of the Senses and Their Power

Chap. X
Of the Outer Limbs of Man, and Their Use

Chap. XI
Of the Intestines in Man, and Their Use

Chap. XII
De Utero, Et Conceptione Atque Sexibus

Chap. XIII
Of the Lower Members

Chap. XIV
Of the Unknown Purpose of Some of the Intestines

Chap. XV
Of the Voice

Chap. XVI
Of the Mind and Its Seat

Chap. XVII
Of the Soul, and the Opinion of Philosophers Concerning It

Chap. XVIII
Of the Soul and the Mind, and Their Affections

Chap. XIX
Of the Soul, and It Given by God

Chap. XX
Of Himself and the Truth

Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died
Addressed to Donatus

Chap. I

Chap. II

Chap. III

Chap. IV

Chap. V

Chap. VI

Chap. VII

Chap. VIII

Chap. IX

Chap. X

Chap. XI

Chap. XII

Chap. XIII

Chap. XIV

Chap. XV

Chap. XVI

Chap. XVII

Chap. XVIII

Chap. XIX

Chap. XX

Chap. XXI

Chap. XXII

Chap. XXIII

Chap. XXIV

Chap. XXV

Chap. XXVI

Chap. XXVII

Chap. XXVIII

Chap. XXIX

Chap. XXX

Chap. XXXI

Chap. XXXII

Chap. XXXIII

Chap. XXXIV

Chap. XXXV

Chap. XXXVI

Chap. XXXVII

Chap. XXXVIII

Chap. XXXIX

Chap. XL

Chap. XLI

Chap. XLII

Chap. XLIII

Chap. XLIV

Chap. XLV

Chap. XLVI

Chap. XLVII

Chap. XLVIII

Chap. XLIX

Chap. L

Chap. LI

Chap. LII

Fragments of Lactantius

The Phoenix
By an Uncertain Author. Attributed to Lactantius

A Poem on the Passion of the Lord
Formerly Ascribed to Lactantius

VENANTIUS

On Easter

ASTERIUS URBANUS

The Extant Writings of Asterius Urbanus

VICTORINUS

On The Creation Of The World

Commentary On The Apocalypse Of The Blessed John

From the first chapter

From the second chapter

From the third chapter

From the fourth chapter

From the fifth chapter

From the sixth chapter

From the seventh chapter

From the eighth chapter

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DIONYSIUS

Against the Sabellians

The Teaching Of The Twelve Apostles

Section 1
The Discovery Of The Codex, And Its Contents

Section 2
Publication Of The Discovered Works: The Effect

Section 3
Contents Of Teaching, And Relation To Other Works

Section 4
Authenticity

Section 5
Time And Place Of Composition

The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles
The Lord’s Teaching Through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations

Chapter I
The Two Ways; The First Commandment

Chapter II
The Second Commandment: Gross Sin Forbidden

Chapter III
Other Sins Forbidden

Chapter IV
Various Precepts

Chapter V
The Way of Death

Chapter VI
Against False Teachers, and Food Offered to Idols

Chapter VII
Concerning Baptism

Chapter VIII
Concerning Fasting and Prayer (the Lord’s Prayer)

Chapter IX
The Thanksgiving (Eucharist)

Chapter X
Prayer After Communion

Chapter XI
Concerning Teachers, Apostles, and Prophets

Chapter XII
Reception of Christians

Chapter XIII
Support of Prophets

Chapter XIV
Christian Assembly on the Lord’s Day

Chapter XV
Bishops and Deacons; Christian Reproof

Chapter XVI
Watchfulness; The Coming of the Lord

Constitutions of the Holy Apostles

Book I
Concerning the Laity

Sec. I
General Commandments

Sec. II
Commandments to Men

Sec. III
Commandments to Women

Book II
Of Bishops, Presbyters, and Deacons

Sec. I
On Examining Candidates for the Episcopal Office

Sec. II
On the Character and Teaching of the Bishop

Sec. III
How the Bishop is to Treat the Innocent, the Guilty, and the Penitent

Sec. IV
On the Management of the Resources Collected for the Support of the Clergy, and the Relief of the Poor

Sec. V
On Accusations, and the Treatment of Accusers

Sec. VI
The Disputes of the Faithful to Be Settled by the Decisions of the Bishop, and the Faithful to Be Reconciled

Sec. VII
On Assembling in the Church

Sec. VIII
On the Duty of Working for a Livelihood

Book III

Sec. I
Concerning Widows

Sec. II
On Deacons and Deaconesses, the Rest of the Clergy, and on Baptism

Book IV

Sec. I
On Helping the Poor

Sec. II
On Domestic and Social Life

Book V

Sec. I
Concerning the Martyrs

Sec. II
All Association with Idols is to Be Avoided

Sec. III
On Feast Days and Fast Days

Book VI

Sec. I
On Heresies

Sec. II
History and Doctrines of Heresies

Sec. III
The Heresies Attacked by the Apostles

Sec. IV
Of the Law

Sec. V
The Teaching of the Apostles in Opposition to Jewish and Gentile Superstitions, Especially in Regard to Marriage and Funerals

Sec. VI
Conclusion of the Work

Book VII
Concerning the Christian Life, and the Eucharist, and the Initiation into Christ

Sec. I
On the Two Ways,—The Way of Life and the Way of Death

Sec. II
On the Formation of the Character of Believers, and on Giving of Thanks to God

Sec. III
On the Instruction of Catechumens, and Their Initiation into Baptism

Sec. IV
Enumeration Ordained by Apostles

Sec. V
Daily Prayers

Book VIII
Concerning Gifts, and Ordinations, and the Ecclesiastical Canons

Sec. I
On the Diversity of Spiritual Gifts

Sec. II
Election and Ordination of Bishops: Form of Service on Sundays

Sec. III
Ordination and Duties of the Clergy

Sec. IV
Certain Prayers and Laws

Sec. V
All the Apostles Urge the Observance of the Order of the Church

The Ecclesiastical Canons of the Same Holy Apostles

An Ancient Homily, Commonly Styled The Second Epistle Of Clement

The Homily

Chap. I
We Ought To Think Highly Of Christ

Chap. II
The Church, Formerly Barren, Is Now Fruitful

Chap. III
The Duty Of Confessing Christ

Chap. IV
True Confession Of Christ

Chap. V
This World Should Be Despised

Chap. VI
The Present And Future Worlds Are Enemies To Each Other

Chap. VII
We Must Strive In Order To Be Crowned

Chap. VIII
The Necessity Of Repentance While We Are On Earth

Chap. IX
We Shall Be Judged In The Flesh

Chap. X
Vice Is To Be Forsaken, And Virtue Followed

Chap. XI
We Ought To Serve God, Trusting In His Promises

Chap. XII
We Are Constantly To Look For The Kingdom Of God

Chap. XIII
Disobedience Causeth God’s Name To Be Blasphemed

Chap. XIV
The Living Church Is The Body Of Christ

Chap. XV
Faith And Love The Proper Return To God

Chap. XVI
The Excellence Of Almsgiving

Chap. XVII
The Danger Of Impenitence

Chap. XVIII
The Preacher Confesseth His Own Sinfulness

Chap. XIX
He Justifieth His Exhortation

Chap. XX
Concluding word of consolation. doxology

Nicene Council
The Nicene Creed

Early Liturgies

Early Liturgies
The Divine Liturgy of James the Holy Apostle and Brother of the Lord

I
The Priest

II
The Priest says the prayer of incense

III
The Anaphora

The Divine Liturgy of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, The Disciple of the Holy Peter

The Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles








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