Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 14th April 2017 in Lent | Lent,great lent,fasting,early church fathers,devotional,daily reading,Doctor of the Church,lectures,Leo the Great,St Leo,Pope Leo I,sermon,almsgiving
Day Thirty-nine: St. Leo the
Great: Sermon XLIX (On Lent XI)
Who: Leo the
Great, also known as Pope St. Leo I (the
Great), was Pope from 440-61 AD. Place and date of birth unknown; died 10 November, 461. Leo's pontificate, next to that of St. Gregory I, is the
most significant and important in Christian antiquity, as he tried to combat the
heresies which seriously threatened church unity even in the
West, such as Pelagianism.
What: A sermon on the
season of Lent as the
Easter festival approached.
Why: To encourage the
Church to fast during this season in order than the
y may put away temptations and overcome the
ir vices, to be guided by God in all things.