THE SUNDAY SERMONS OF THE GREAT FATHERS: A MANUAL OF PREACHING, SPIRITUAL READING AND MEDITATION EDITED BY M.F. TOAL
Dr. Toal's work contains what is in effect the spiritual inheritance of every Christian. The four volumes correspond with the main divisions of the Church year (arranged according to the (old) Western Liturgical year; however their value is still immense) and offer, in English and in relation to the Gospel for each Sunday and greater festival or feast, an appropriate choice of sermons given by the great Fathers of the Church to their faithful congregations — men and women who clearly faced many of the same problems as we do today.
This beautifully bound 4-volume, hard-cover set is a superb series for preaching, spiritual reading and meditation. It contains the Gospel reading for each Sunday and Feast Day, and parallel Gospel texts, along with several sermons for each Gospel from both early Eastern and Western Fathers of the church, including Ambrose, John Chrysostom, Cyril of Alexandria, Leo the Great, Ephraem, Augustine and more. Also, each sermon is followed by the Catena Aurea (Golden Chain) of St. Thomas Aquinas. There is no better way to enter the mind of the early Church Fathers and the spirit of Sacred Scripture than this series.
Thus, this set will be of immeasurable value for pastoral preaching, but should not be confined to the rectory. Every Christian will find them profitable. Here is spiritual reading at its divine source.
All four volumes are hardbound; covered with a leather-like feel and look with fine artwork and are an excellent addition to any Christian library.