Today is the First Sunday in Advent, so we begin the fourth year of Read the Fathers. We have had a blessed year of reading. Thank you to all who have joined us. In the coming year we will continue reading from Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series. We are currently in the midst of reading Jerome’s letters, and we look forward to reading more from the Cappadocians, Ambrose, and John Cassian with you next year. Advent is a great time to start new practices in disciplined reading and meditation, so please invite any friends, classes, or church groups that you think would like to join.
The year 4 calendar has been prepared and is available on the calendar page. There are many ways that you can follow the site and get notifications of the reading for the day. Each of these contains links to the church fathers at CCEL for your convenience. Here is a run down of the ways that you can follow the site:
- Table of readings at this site
- Subscribe via e-mail using the form at the bottom of this page
- RSS feed
- Facebook (posts about 9 p.m. U.S. Eastern time)
- Subscribe to Google Calendar
- iCal Calendar (.ics file)
You may also have noticed that there are some improvements to the site. We’ve redone the design and hopefully made it easier to find the day’s reading. There should also be some improvements to the speed and stability of the site.
We love to hear from people, whether you are starting the readings for the first time or have been with us for some time. Feel free to leave a comment on this post or to send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything you’d like to share.
Finally, we leave you with this collect from the Book of Common Prayer:
O God, the King of saints, we praise and glorify your holy
Name for all your servants who have finished their course in
your faith and fear: for the blessed Virgin Mary; for the holy
patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs; and for all your
other righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we
pray that, encouraged by their examples, aided by their
prayers, and strengthened by their fellowship, we also may
be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through
the merits of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.