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Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, Volumes 1-4
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Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, Volumes 1-4


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This classic four-volume set presents sermons by the great Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church for each Sunday and Feast Day. Editor and translator Father M.F. Toal brings together several sermons for every celebration from both early Eastern and Western Fathers of the church, including Ambrose, John Chrysostom, Cyril of Alexandria, Leo the Great, Ephraem, Augustine, and more. Each sermon is followed by a relevant passage of the Catena Aurea (Golden Chain) of St. Thomas Aquinas.

A superb series for preaching, spiritual reading, and meditation, Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers also contains the Gospel reading for each Sunday and Feast Day (of the pre-Vatican II Calendar), and parallel Gospel texts. The four volumes correspond with the four liturgical divisions of the year. Each volume also includes a table of sermons that correspond with the Vatican II Lectionary. This series offers the ideal way to enter the mind of the early Church Fathers and the spirit of Sacred Scripture.

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Key Features

  • Collects selected sermons of the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church
  • Connects each Gospel reading with the relevant passage of the Catena Aurea
  • Includes a table of sermons that correspond with the Vatican II Lectionary


There are four print volumes, downloaded as one digital resource. Below is listed a small portion of the table of contents for Volume 4, as a sample.

  • Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
    • St. Ephraim the Syrian: Prayer for the Future Life
    • St. Ephraim the Syrian: Antichrist and the End and Consummation
    • St. John Chrysostom: On the Consolation of Death: Second Sermon
    • St. Augustine: Two Meditative Discourses on the Resurrection of the Dead; First Sermon
    • St. Augustine: The Resurrection of the Dead; Second Sermon
    • St. Augustine: The Pilgrimage of this Life
  • Three Prayers
    • St. Ephraim: Prayer for the Judgement
    • Traditional: Prayer for the Beginning of the Day (Golden Treasury of Morn)
    • Traditional: Prayer for Sunday Morning
  • Feast of the Assumption B.V.M.
    • St. Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople: In Praise of the Holy and Venerable Falling-Asleep of the Most Holy Lady Mother of God Mary ever Virgin
    • St. John Damascene: Oration on the Glorious Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God the Ever-Virgin Mary
    • St. Lomman, Abbot: The Praises of Mary
  • Feast of Christ the King
    • St. Augustine: The King of Israel
    • St. Augustine: Christ, King and Priest
    • St. Leo the Great: Christ Reigns in the Mystical Body
  • Feast of All Saints
    • St. Augustine: On the Eight Sentences of the Beatitudes
    • St. Leo the Great: On the Steps of the Ascent to Blessedness

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About M.F. Toal

M.F. Toal, DD, was a Roman Catholic priest, editor, and translator. He served as priest-in-charge of St. Joseph’s parish in Burra, Australia—leaving in 1949 to accept an appointment as professor of philosophy at Major Seminary in Adelaide. He is best known for translating and editing Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers.

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