Gregory Nazianzen- On Regeneration

(from Oration on Holy Baptism, 381 A.D.) Illumination is the splendor of souls, the conversion of the life, the question put to the Godward conscience. It is the aid to our weakness, the renunciation of the flesh, the following of the Spirit, the fellowship of the Word, the improvement of the creature, the overwhelming of…

Gregory Nazienzen- On the Three Births

(from Oration on Holy Baptism, 381 A.D.) The Word recognizes three births for us; namely, the natural birth, that of Baptism, and that of the Resurrection. Of these, the first is by night, and is servile, and involves passion; but the second is by day, and is destructive of passion, cutting off all the veil…

St. Cyril of Jerusalem- On Antichrist

(from Catechetical Lecture XV, c. 348 A.D.) But this aforesaid Antichrist is to come when the times of the Roman empire shall have been fulfilled, and the end of the world is now drawing near. There shall rise up together ten kings of the Romans, reigning in different parts perhaps, but all about the same…