Saint Melito of Sardis: Biography and Online Writings
(scroll down for a list of online writings) Life: Though Melito, bishop of Sardis, was one of the greatest 2nd century Church Fathers, virtually none of his writings survived the ravages of time. When an extensive Homily by Melito on Easter ("Peri Pascha") was discovered early in the 20th century, it caused a sensation among Christian scholars. This homily shows us how the early Christians saw Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection foreshadowed everywhere in the Old Testament. For a general introduction to the Early Church Fathers, click here.
The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They Matter
In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and fascinating stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers. Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most pressing questions of our day. In this dynamic talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us.