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Ante-Nicene Fathers, Volume VII: Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries: Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius, Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions, Homily, and Liturgies.

The Early Church Fathers is one of the most important collections of historical, philosophical and theological writings available in English to the student of the Christian Church. These documents provide the most comprehensive witness to the development of Christianity and Christian thought during the period immediately following the Apostolic Era.

The Catholic edition of Early Church Fathers does not include the introductions, prolegomenae, and various interpretive comments made by the protestant editors of the Edinburgh edition. However, it retains all of the footnotes found in the printed editions.

Contents of Ante-Nicene Fathers VII

Lactantius

The Divine Institutes

The Epitome of the Divine Institutes

A Treatise on the Anger of God

On the Workmanship of God, or the Formation of Man

Of the Manner in Which the Persecutors Died

Fragments of Lactantius

The Phoenix

A Poem on the Passion of the Lord

Venantius Fortunatus

On Easter

Asterius Urbanus

The Extant Writings of Asterius Urbanus

Victorinus of Pettau

On the Creation of the World

Commentary on the Apocalypse of the Blessed John

Dionysius of Rome

Against the Sabellians

Confession of Our Christian Faith, Commonly Called the Creed of St. Athanasius (Quicunque vult)

Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions

The Lord’s Teaching through the Twelve Apostles to the Nations (Didache)

Constitutions of the Holy Apostles

An Ancient Homily, Commonly Styled the Second Epistle of Clement

The Nicene Creed

Early Liturgies

The Divine Liturgy of James the Holy Apostle and Brother of the Lord

The Divine Liturgy of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, the Disciple of the Holy Peter

The Liturgy of the Blessed Apostles

Author Bios

Venantius Fortunatus

Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus (c.530-c.600/609) was a Latin poet and hymnodist in the Merovingian Court, and a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. He was never canonised but was venerated as Saint Venantius Fortunatus during the Middle Ages.

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Victorinus of Pettau

Saint Victorinus of Pettau or of Poetovio (died 303 or 304) was a Catholic ecclesiastical writer who flourished about 270, and who was martyred during the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian. A Bishop of Poetovio in Pannonia, Victorinus is also known as Victorinus Petavionensis, Poetovionensis or Victorinus of Ptuj.

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