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Learning the Greek Fathers for Lent #416736 02/21/17 12:53 AM
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Are there any readers who can recommend a book for someone who wants to be immersed in the Greek fathers of the Church over Lent?

Any suggestions would be appreciated - the more authentically 'patristic' the better.

Cheers.

Re: Learning the Greek Fathers for Lent [Re: TonyM] #416746 02/21/17 09:02 PM
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The traditional reading for the Great Fast is John Climacus - Ladder of Divine Ascent.

Another good one would be Melito of Sardis - On Pascha

A nice relevant collection would be the translation of the Desert Fathers by Waddell

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Re: Learning the Greek Fathers for Lent [Re: TonyM] #416749 02/22/17 04:54 PM
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Not in the Greek Tradition, at all, of course, but try Hymns on Paradise by Saint Ephrem the Syrian. Nothing gives you such nostalgia for Eden as his poems!

Re: Learning the Greek Fathers for Lent [Re: TonyM] #416750 02/22/17 04:56 PM
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Also, again, not Greek but what could be better Lenten fare than Krikor Nerakatsi (Gregory of Narek's) Book of Lamentations!

Re: Learning the Greek Fathers for Lent [Re: TonyM] #416753 02/22/17 07:34 PM
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There is a school of thought that suggests starting with the latest Fathers, i.e. St. Theophan the Recluse or even more recent Athonite elders, and working backwards. That would be a lot to take in...perhaps over many years if you like.
I would opt for St. Dorotheos of Gaza. Though his instructions are for monastics, they are practical in nature and perhaps more "hand on" for the laity than, say, The Ladder of St. John C.

Re: Learning the Greek Fathers for Lent [Re: TonyM] #416769 02/25/17 06:57 AM
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Very useful. Thank you!


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