Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 21st March 2017 in Lent | Lent,great lent,fasting,early church fathers,devotional,daily reading,Cyprian,Bishop of Carthage,unity
Day Eighteen: St. Cyprian: On the unity
of the Church: 1-9
Who: Third century bishop of Carthage (in modern Tunisia), and martyr from Africa
What: A letter to encourage the unity
of the church against schisms and heresy during massive Roman persecution
Why: A disturbance had happened in the church because of a priest called Novatian — a schismatic of the third century, and founder of the sect of the Novatians. Cyprian wrote to counter this and argues that there can only be one united Church, and the Novatian breakaway was a false church and that Novatian was an antipope.When: Around 249 AD
You can find today’s reading on page 92 here: lentfatherscomplete...