On the Virgin Birth and the Creation of Woman

by St. John Chrysostom It was fitting that the Giver of all holiness should enter this world by a pure and holy birth. For He it is that of old formed Adam from the virgin earth, and from Adam without help of woman formed woman. For as without woman Adam produced woman, so did the […]

On the Star of Bethlehem

by Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople (+407 AD) On the Star of Bethlehem For if you can learn what the star (of Bethlehem) was, and of what kind, and whether it were one of the common stars, or new and unlike the rest, and whether it was a star by nature or a star […]

The Venerable Womb of the Virgin

by St. Gregory the Theologian Theotokos, not Christotokos. If anyone does not consider holy Mary to be the Theotokos, then he does not accept the divinity of Christ. … If anyone does not believe the holy Mary to be theTheotokos, he is without the Divinity. If anyone should say that Christ passed through the Virgin as […]

One Hundred Stanzas on the Nativity

by St. Ephraim the Syrian Our father among the saints, Ephraim was a prolific Syriac language hymn writer and theologian of the 4th century. He is venerated by Christians throughout the world, but especially among Syriac Christians, as a saint. Here Ephraim presents his “counsel of life”, warning against various sins such as greed, pride, […]

Sermon 28 On The Nativity Of Christ

by St. Leo the Great Our father among the saints, Leo the Great was the bishop of Rome during difficult times. He was an eminent scholar of Scripture and rhetoric. During an invasion by Attila the Hun, St. Leo met him outside the gates of Rome. After some short words, to everyone’s surprise, Attila turned […]

A Christmas Sermon of St. Gregory Nazianzus

by St. Gregory Nazianzus “The Theologian” Our father among the saints Gregory the Theologian, also known as Gregory of Nazianzus (though that name more appropriately refers to his father) and Gregory the Younger, was a great Father and Teacher of the Church. He was a close friend of St. Basil the Great.  He was one […]

The Sacrament of Christ’s Incarnation

by St. Peter Chrysologus Our father among the saints, Peter Chrysologus (Golden Words) was known for having a great deal of energy in setting out to improve the Church. Among his many great works, he is noted for the reformation of what he perceived as laxity in the Roman See. Paganism was still prominent in […]

A Christmas Sermon of St. Gregory the Great

Given to the People in the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the day of the Nativity of Our Lord. Our father among the saints Gregory I, also known as Gregory the Dialogist, was the Pope of Rome from September 3, 590, until his death on March 12, 604. He is certainly one of […]