Vatican City, Mar 1, 2012 / 16:02 pm
The Preacher to the Papal Household has revealed the topics for the four homilies he will preach to Pope Benedict XVI during Lent.
“Every time we will be at the school of one of the ‘four great doctors of the Eastern Church’ – Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen and Gregory of Nyssa – to see what each one says to us today about the dogma” each of them championed, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said in a statement issued March 1 by the Vatican.
Those teachings were, respectively: “the divinity of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity and the knowledge of God,” he explained.
The sermons will be held in the Vatican’s Redemptoris Mater chapel at 9 a.m. over the four Fridays of Lent, March 9-30.
The overarching theme this year is “The Fathers of the Church, teachers of the faith,” which was inspired by a quotation from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 13:7 – “Remember your leaders and imitate their faith.”