Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings (Lectionary Cycle A)
Oden, Thomas C.
Recommended by Westminster Theological Seminary professor of church history Carl Trueman to his Ancient Church History classes as a helpful book in understanding the spiritual life of the ancient church.
To search the sacred Scripture is very good and most profitable for the soul. For, “like a tree which is planted near the running waters,” so does the soul watered by sacred Scripture also grow hearty and bear fruit in due season." (John of Damascus, Orthodox Faith 4.17)
By helping us to read holy writings with ancient eyes, the church fathers help us drink deeply from the only water that can give us true life. This guide to prayer and reflection combines excerpts from the writings of the church fathers as found in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture with a simple structure for daily or weekly reading and prayer.
There are fifty-two weeks of readings following the weekly lectionary cycle A. You can read through them in order or by thematic interest. Each day you will also find a simple opening and closing prayer drawn from the prayers and hymns of the ancient church.
Come and find the deep nourishment God offers through the insights of this “cloud of witnesses”—the ancient church fathers.
Interview with editor Cindy Crosby (external link)