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St. Hippolytus

Saint Hippolytus, Early Church FatherSaint Hippolytus - Biography and Selected Online Writings


Early Church Father, priest, and Martyr


Saint Hippolytus was a priest in the Church of Rome in the late second and early third centuries.  Known for his extensive and profound teaching, he is undoubtedly the most important Roman theologian of the third century, in a time when the liturgy and all teaching of the Church in Rome was done in Greek.  When Callistus, whom he considered to be a liberal, was elected to the Papacy, St. Hippolytus contested the election, apparently setting himself up as an anti-pope.  His separation from full communion with the Church lasted for several years.  Yet ultimately he and Pope Callistus' lawful successor, Pontianus, found themselves suffering side by side during a wave of persecution.  They reconciled and died together for their faith in the mines of Sardinia in 235 AD.  


St. Hippolytus' great work "The Apostolic Tradition" was only rediscovered in the 20th century, providing an elightening and extensive glimpse into the liturgical and devotional life of Roman Christians around the year 200 AD. 


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The Early Church Fathers


The Early Church Fathers, Catholic Church, Fathers of the Church, Marcellino D'AmbrosioA society characterized by the violence, loss of respect for life, exotic religious cults, homosexuality, sexual promiscuity, and even pedophilia. No, we're not talking about modren times -


The Early Church Fathers succeeded in bringing a Pagan society to Christ. If we pay attention to what they taught, we will succeed in doing the same for our own de-Christianized society!


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The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They Matter

Early Church Fathers, Marcellino D'AmbrosioIn a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and 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 important questions of our day.  In this talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us today.





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Baptism in the Waters of Immortality--Hippolytus Virtues & Christian Character Yes Download
Humanity of God--Hippolytus Early Church Fathers,
Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings,
Incarnation -- God Becomes Man in Jesus Christ
Incarnation:Hidden Word made Manifest--Hippolytus Early Church Fathers,
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Incarnation -- God Becomes Man in Jesus Christ
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