Church Father

Venerable Bede

Venerable Bede

672 - May 26, 735
Monk, Writer, and considered the "Father of English History"
From Monkton, England
Served in Monkwearmouth, England
Affiliation: Catholic
"Whenever we enter the church and draw near to the heavenly mysteries, we ought to approach with all humility and fear, both because of the presence of the angelic powers and out of the reverence due to the sacred oblation; for as the Angels are said to have stood by the Lord’s body when it lay in the tomb, so we must believe that they are present in the celebration of the Mysteries of His most sacred Body at the time of consecration."

Patrick

Patrick

387 - March 17, 493
Apostle to Ireland
From Roman England
Served in Ireland
Affiliation: Catholic
“I bind to myself today, the strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity: I believe the Trinity in the Unity, the Creator of the Universe. I bind to myself today. the virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism, the virtue of His crucifixion with His burial, the virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension, the virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.”

Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo

November 13, 354 - August 28, 430
Theologian and Writer
From Algeria
Served in Algeria
Affiliation: Catholic
"You wish to be great, begin from the least. You are thinking to construct some mighty fabric in height; first think of the foundation of humility. And how great soever a mass of building one may wish and design to place above it, the greater the building is to be, the deeper does he dig his foundation."

John Chrysostom

John Chrysostom

349 – September 14, 407
Archbishop of Constantinople
From Antioch
Served in Antioch
Affiliation: Christian
"Helping a person in need is good in itself. But the degree of goodness is hugely affected by the attitude with which it is done. If you show resentment because you are helping the person out of a reluctant sense of duty, then the person may receive your help but may feel awkward and embarrassed. This is because he will feel beholden to you. If, on the other hand, you help the person in a spirit of joy, then the help will be received joyfully. The person will feel neither demeaned nor humiliated by your help, but rather will feel glad to have caused you pleasure by receiving your help. And joy is the appropriate attitude with which to help others because acts of generosity are a source of blessing to the giver as well as the receiver."

Athanasius

Athanasius

296 - May 2, 373
Twentieth Bishop of Alexandria
From Alexandria, Egypt
Served in Alexandria, Egypt
Affiliation: Christian
"Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave….The Saviour is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over the world, both within and beyond the Greek-speaking world, to accept His faith and be obedient to His teaching. Can anyone, in face of this, still doubt that He has risen and lives, or rather that He is Himself the Life? Does a dead man prick the consciences of men...?"

Alban

Alban

274 - June 22, 304
Early English Convert and Martyr
From Hertfordshire (Verulamium), England
Served in Hertfordshire, England
Affiliation: Catholic
Persecution broke out and Alban sheltered a cleric. He was moved by his example and received baptism. When the governor's emissaries came to search the house, Alban disguised himself in the cloak of his guest and gave himself up in his place. They dragged him before the judge, then scourged and beheaded him for his faith. He took the place of the cleric while the cleric escaped.

Tertullian

Tertullian

155 - 240
Theologian and Church Leader
From Carthage, Africa
Served in Carthage, Africa
Affiliation: Christian
"But carry on, good officials. You will become much better in the eyes of the people if you will sacrifice the Christians for them. Torture us! Your iniquity is the proof of our innocence. For this reason God permits us to suffer these things... Yet your tortures accomplish nothing, though each is more refined than the last; rather they are an enticement to our religion. We became more every time we are hewn down by you: the blood of Christians is seed."