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St. Cyprian

Saint CyprianSt. Cyprian of Carthage: Biography and Writings

 

by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.

 

Cyprian was a pagan public speaker and teacher from Carthage in North Africa who converted to Christianity around the year 246 AD.  He immediately set himself to the study of Scripture and the writings of the first great Latin theologian from North Africa, Tertullian. Saint Cyprian grew so rapidly in holiness and knowledge of the faith that he was appointed bishop of Carthage only two years later.  Within only a few months of his election to the episcopacy, the persecution of Decius broke out and Cyprian was forced to flee his see.  Upon returning, he set himself to dealing with the problem of the reconciliation, after suitable penance, of those who buckled under pressure and lapsed in their faith.  After a few years of peace, the persecution of the emperor Valerian began.  Cyprian gave himself up and was martyred in Carthage on September 14, 258.

 

St. Cyprian's writings that survive are mainly letters and short treatises.  Most notable among them are De Catholicae Ecclesiae Unitatis (251) on the Unity of the Catholic Church and the importance of the Episcopate as safeguard of this unity.

  For an overview of the Early Church Fathers, click here. 


The Fathers of the Church - Who They Are and Why They MatterFathers of the Church Early Church Fathers CD by Marcellino D'Ambrosio

In a single, upbeat talk, full of examples and fascinating stories about some of the Church's most intriguing personalities, Marcellino D'Ambrosio explains who people are talking about when they refer to the "Fathers of the Church" or "Early Church Fathers.  Though the ranks of the fathers include a tremendous variety of cultures, locales, and personalities, there is surprising consensus that emerges from them on a variety of the most pressing questions of our day.  In this dynamic talk, Marcellino makes clear just how much these figures have to teach us. 



Title Category Excerpt Download
Bread and Forgiveness -- St. Cyprian on the Lord's Prayer Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
Yes
Christ Teaches Us to Pray-Cyprian Lenten Season and Holy Week Resources,
Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
Yes Download
Contest of Faith-St. Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Christian Lifestyle
Yes
Forgive us Our Trespasses-Cyprian Prayer and Spirituality,
Christian Lifestyle
Yes
Hallowed Be Thy Name-Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
Yes
Immortality - St. Cyprian Heaven,
Hell,
Purgatory,
2nd Coming of Christ
Yes
Invincible Faith of the Martyrs -- St. Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Catholic Saints
Yes
Letter to Pope Cornelius-St Cyprian Christian Lifestyle,
Catholic Saints
Yes
Martyrdom of Pope Fabian-Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Catholic Saints
Yes
Martyrdom of Pope Sixtus -- Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Catholic Saints
Yes
Our Father not My Father-Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
Yes
Our Father, the Lord's Prayer-St Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
No Download
Pray with a Humble Heart-Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
Yes
Testimony of a Good Conscience-Cyprian Array No
The Lord's Prayer, Complete but Concise -- St. Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
Yes
Thy Kingdom Come -- St. Cyprian on the Lord's Prayer Early Church Fathers,
Prayer and Spirituality
Yes
What We Do Not See, We Hope For - St. Cyprian Early Church Fathers,
Advent & Christmas Season Resources & Readings,
Virtues & Christian Character,
Heaven,
Hell,
Purgatory,
2nd Coming of Christ
Yes

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