#402 – A History of the Catholic Church – Patron Saints

The continuing growth of the Christian Church in the Roman Empire brought with it increasing attention on the relationship between saint and sinner. This week we look at how the Roman patron/client relationship influenced Christian spirituality.

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Wall painting of Christ and the Martyrs in the Catacomb of Marcellinus and Peter

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Catholic: Under The Hood Classics Episodes 369-373

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Presenting more of the back episodes of the History of the Catholic Church series no longer on the main podcast feed.

Episodes in this volume:
#369 – Valens Falls/Theodosius Rises
#370 – The First Council of Constantinople
#371 – The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed
#372 – Separation from the World
#373 – Union with God

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Catholic: Under The Hood Episodes 369 to 373

#401 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Bosom of Abraham

This week, we take a look at the Christian understanding of death and the afterlife in the Early Church, funeral practices and the importance of praying for the faithful who have died.

Links:

Image of the Bosom of Abraham by Joergens.mi/Wikipedia

Apocalypse of Paul

Jeffrey Burton Russell – Goodness, Gracious(ness), Great Balls of Fire

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#401 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Bosom of Abraham

#400 – The Higher Clergy

The second of a series on the clergy at the end of the 4th century with a look at clerical ordination and responsibilities. We also look at the importance of deaconesses in the Eastern half of the Roman Empire.

Links:

Divine Liturgy by Michael Damaskinos

Apostolic Constitutions on the Clergy

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#400 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Higher Clergy

#399 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Clerical Cursus Honorum

The first of a series on the state of the clergy at the end of the 4th century. This episode looks at the social background of the clergy, their formation, and the vow of celibacy.

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Image of the the First Council of Constantinople

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#399 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Clerical Cursus Honorum

#398 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Defilement of Marriage

Jerome’s attack on Jovinian causes more problems than it solves. Augustine does better in his defense of the virtue of virginity. Ambrose continues to develop the theology of Mary’s in partu virginity.

Links:

Image of Holy Family with the Adoration of the Magi from the MCAD Library

On Bishop Bonosus

Jerome
Against Jovinianus
Jerome’s letters defending his attacks on Jovinian to Pammachius, a second letter to Pammachius, to Domnio

Augustine
On the Good of Marriage
On Holy Virginity
Augustine’s concerns about Jerome’s interpretation of St. Paul

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#398 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Defilement of Marriage

#397 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Problem of Jovinian

The controversy over the relative merits of marriage and virginity heats up again with the rise of Jovinian and his “new heresy”.

Links:

Image of Projecta Casket from the British Museum

Ambrose and Siricius on Jovinian – pages 280, 282

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#397 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Problem of Jovinian

#396 – A History of the Catholic Church – Ensorcelled By Your Hymns

Great hymnists such as Hilary of Poitiers, Ambrose of Milan, and Prudentius set the foundation for the development of the expression of faith in song – especially in the Western Church.

Links:

Mosaic of Ambrose of Milan

Hilary of Poitiers
Reputed hymns of Hilary of Poitiers – in Latin

Ambrose of Milan
Veni Redemptor Gentium in Latin, in English
Version used in this episode by St. Barnabas Apostle and Martyr Church

Prudentius
Hymns
Verses from Hymn for the Lighting of the Lamps in Latin by Maria Lectrix
Of the Father’s Love Begotten in Latin, in English

Te Deum
Used in this episode

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#396 – A History of the Catholic Church – Ensorcelled By Your Hymns

#395 – A History of the Catholic Church – Singing with Voice and Heart

The Church continues to define authentically Christian music and its role in the liturgical and daily lives of the faithful as instrumental music is frowned upon, but hymns against heretical theology are encouraged.

Links:

Image of Papyrus with verses in Greek from Psalm
90

Ephrem the Syrian Hymn 22, Against Heresies

Niceta of Remesiana On the Benefit of Psalmody

David VanBrugge An Analysis of the Ancient Church Fathers on Instrumental Music

Jonathan Hehn, “Congregational Song as Theological Debate in Late Antiquity: A Case Study of Arius’s Thalia and the Development of Trinitarian Orthodoxy”. In: The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song, Vol. 65, No. 1, 2014, pp. 13-20.

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#395 – A History of the Catholic Church – Singing with Heart and Voice

#394 – A History of the Catholic Church – Christ in Triumph

The growing strength of the Catholic Church is reflected in the changing depiction of Christ in art and angels get wings.

Links:

Photo of the Apse Mosaic of Christ in the basilica of Santa Pudenziana

3rd century image of Christ the Good Shepherd

4th century painting of the Resurrection of Lazarus

Painting of Christ as teacher/philosopher

Christ as Lawgiver on the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

Santa Costanza Tradio Legis Mosaic

Santa Costanza mosaic of Christ giving keys to Saint Peter

Mosaic of Christ the Lawgiver in Basilica of San Lorenzo in Milan

Santa Pudenziana Mosaic
Rebecca Franzella Seeing the Divine: The Origin, Iconography, and Content of Santa Pudenziana’s Apse Mosaic

Portrait of Christ in Catacombs of Commodilla

Image of Christ in Catacombs of Domitilla with Sabellian description

Baptistry of Keliba

Therese Martin The Development of Winged Angels in Early Christian Art
2nd century image of the Annunciation
4th century image of Sacrifice of Isaac
Image of pagan Altar of Victory
Late 4th/Early 5th century depiction of Angels with Wings on a sarcophagus

Other sources:
Felicity Harley Christianity and the Transformation of Classical Art
J.-M. Spieser. “The Representation of Christ in the Apses of Early Christian Churches.” Gesta 37, no. 1 (1998): 63-73.

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#394 – A History of the Catholic Church – Christ in Triumph