Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day

On the morning of April 24, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, accompanied by Diocesan Primates and members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, visited the Memorial to the Armenian Genocide at Tsitsernakaberd and paid tribute to the eternal memory of the 1.5 million Armenian victims.

First Fathers Friday (say that three times fast!)

Another new weekly post for this blog. Each Friday, I will post a short quote of something that stood out to me from the writings of the Fathers. The plan is to focus on the practical rather than the philosophical or “nice-sounding.”

This fasting [specifically, the Wednesday and Friday fasts] … is very good, provided the commandments of the Lord be observed. Thus, then, shall you observe the fasting which you intend to keep. First of all, be on your guard against every evil word, and every evil desire, and purify your heart from all the vanities of this world. If you guard against these things, your fasting will be perfect. And you will do also as follows. Having fulfilled what is written, in the day on which you fast you will taste nothing but bread and water; and having reckoned up the price of the dishes of that day which you intended to have eaten, you will give it to a widow, or an orphan, or to some person in want, and thus you will exhibit humility of mind, so that he who has received benefit from your humility may fill his own soul, and pray for you to the Lord. If you observe fasting, as I have commanded you, your sacrifice will be acceptable to God, and this fasting will be written down; and the service thus performed is noble, and sacred, and acceptable to the Lord. These things, therefore, shall you thus observe with your children, and all your house, and in observing them you will be blessed; and as many as hear these words and observe them shall be blessed; and whatsoever they ask of the Lord they shall receive.

(Shepherd of Hermas, 3, 5, 3)

History of Christianity 1: The Apostolic Church

My newest YouTube videos, the first in a series in which I plan to cover the history of Christianity from Pentecost to modern times, a century per installment.

Notes for the primary video:
In this video, we take a look at the Church of the 1st century, from Pentecost in AD 29 to the death of the Apostle John in AD 100.

Suggested Reading:
“Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew” – Bart D. Ehrman
“From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries & Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith” – L. Michael White
“Heretics for Armchair Theologians” – Justo L. González & Catherine Gunsalus González
“Early Christian Writings” – translated by Maxwell Staniforth, edited by Andrew Louth
“The Story of Christianity: An Illustrated History of 2000 Years of the Christian Faith” – David Bentley Hart
“Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol i: Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus” – edited by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson
“History of the Church” – Eusebius of Caesarea, translated by G.A. Williamson
“From Memory to History: Using Oral Sources in Local Historical Research” – Barbara Allen & Lynwood Montell
“Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations” – Martin Goodman
“The Works of Josephus” – Josephus, translated by William Whiston
“The Holy Bible (New Kings James Version)”
“Early Christian Doctrines” – J.N.D. Kelly
“The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation” – Justo L. González

Primary Sources:
Epistle of Clement of Rome to the Corinthians (also known as 1 Clement)
Epistle of Barnabas
Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
Against Heresies – St. Irenaeus of Lyons
The New Testament (especially Acts of the Apostles)
The Jewish War – Flavius Josephus
The Histories – Tacitus
Lives of the Caesars – Suetonius
History of the Church – Eusebius

Notes for the supplementary video:
Quotes from ancient writings both from and pertaining to the first century Christian Church.

Quoted in this video:
Acts of the Apostles (in the New Testament) – St. Luke the Evangelist
Homily 20 – St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Life of Nero – Suetonius
The Jewish War – Flavius Josephus
Against Heresies – St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Letter to the Corinthians (1 Clement) – St. Clement of Rome

Other first century writings of interest:
The Didache
Epistle of Barnabas
Histories of Tacitus
And, of course, the entirety of the New Testament