Church Father

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Church Father (Christianity) any of about 70 theologians in the period from the 2nd to the 7th century whose writing established and confirmed official church doctrine; in the Roman Catholic Church some were later declared saints and became Doctor of the Church; the best known Latin Church Fathers are Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Jerome; those who wrote in Greek include Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen, and John Chrysostom
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Usage

In literature:

Very reverend father in Christ, archbishop of the metropolitan church of the city of Manila in the Filipinas Islands.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
Father would fight for the Church quicker than he would fight for his own house and land.
"The Squire of Sandal-Side" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
He offered for sale an odd volume of one of the early fathers of the Church.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. II. July, 1862. No. 1." by Various
Father Cardin erected his church and commenced his ministry.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXII, 1625-29" by Various
She was taken to the church by her afflicted father.
"A Year's Journey through France and Part of Spain, 1777" by Philip Thicknesse
Her father's heart was broken by being asked to leave his church because he preached temperance too much.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
John de Montacute's father was buried in the Church of the Whitefriars.
"Old St. Paul's Cathedral" by William Benham
Presently the whole family, Grace walking proudly at her father's side, took their way across the fields to church.
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
Within ten days of the wedding his body was laid beside his father in the Temple Church at London.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
The Fathers of the Church, ancient and modern, were carefully read.
"Luther and the Reformation:" by Joseph A. Seiss
Your father was buried at Longville church on Sunday.
"Fern's Hollow" by Hesba Stretton
Just as he reached the door of the church he saw Father Sauvalle solemnly raise both hands and bless her.
"A Lover in Homespun" by F. Clifford Smith
He was the last representative, together with Fathers Masse, de Nouee and de Brebeuf of the primitive church of Canada.
"The Makers of Canada: Champlain" by N. E. Dionne
The father and mother still belonged to the Lutheran church.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
According to Augustine, it was because the origin of these books was not clear to the church fathers.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
The father is Mr. Antonius Yanni, a good Christian man, and a member of the Mission Church.
"The Women of the Arabs" by Henry Harris Jessup
The good seed is obedience and reverence to the Pope our father and the Church our mother.
"Rome in 1860" by Edward Dicey
The girl was brought by her father, the bridegroom having rushed off to the church to pray.
"The Luck of Thirteen" by Jan Gordon
The Fathers have considered the Church now in the one way, now in the other.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
The fathers of the church constituted themselves also the guides of music.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
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In poetry:

"O father! I hear the church bells ring,
Oh, say, what may it be?"
"Tis a fog-bell on a rock bound coast!" --
And he steered for the open sea.
"The Wreck Of The Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Then shall His glorious Church rejoice
His Word of Promise to recall,--
ONE SHELTERING FOLD, ONE SHEPHERD'S VOICE,
ONE GOD AND FATHER OVER ALL!
"Hymn.—The Word Of Promise" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Firm to the Church by which his fathers stood,
But tolerant to every form of creed,
He longs for universal brotherhood,
And is a Christian gentleman indeed.
"William Bede Dalley" by Henry Kendall
The gray slate headstones frightened you,
    When from Christ Church your father brought
You here on Sunday afternoon,
    And told you that this world was nought;
"A Child's Grave" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Nor next night: on the after-morn,
I went forth with a strength new-born.
The church was empty; something drew
My steps into the street; I knew
It led me to the market-place:
Where, lo, on high, the father's face!
"The Confessional" by Robert Browning
PRIOR.
Madam, I go. Our holy Church has healed
Far deadlier heart-wounds than a love-sick boy's.
Be of good cheer, the Prince shall live to bless
The father's rigor who kept pure of blot
A 'scutcheon more unsullied than the sun.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Lindsay Marie Marsh and David Thomas Weaver were united in marriage Saturday, Dec 8 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Mt Olivet, W.Va. With Father Dennis Schuelkens, Jr officiating.
Father Gerard A Donovan was in the sanctuary of his parish church in Fushun, Manchuria, China, leading the rosary on the evening of Oct 5, 1937, when a stranger entered with a piece of paper in his hand.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10 am at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Sparta, with Father John S Manohar officiating.
Were Thursday, July 5, 2012 at the Our Father Lutheran Church in Centennial.
The Summit County Caregiver and Memory Loss support group now meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, Frisco, at 1 pm and at Father Dyer Methodist Church, Breckenridge, 6:30 pm the same day.
They were united in marriage on Nov 20, 1962, at the Warwood United Methodist Church with her father, the Rev.
Father Patrick Mullen prepares the Eucharist at Padre Serra Catholic Church in Camarillo.
Michael Dempsey/The Jersey Journal The Tapestry Church Father's Day resolution ceremony took place at the Girls & Boys Club in Jersey City on June 17.
Margo Reding puts a flower on her father, Wendell "Pete" Reding's casket, after a crew moved his remains from Stipp Cemetery to a small Catholic church cemetery nearby.
A Funeral Mass for Susana Ochoa -Zepeda, 34, of Marshalltown, was held on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the St Mary's Catholic Church with Father Jim Miller officiating.
Katelyn Elizabeth Falbo and Jason Michael Ogden were united in marriage May 26 at St Mary's Church in Shadyside with Father Samuel Saprano officiating.
Father Jeremy Davis talks about church tours that explain significance of architecture and iconography at St Elijah Orthodox Church.
Father Jeremy Davis talks about church tours that explain significance of architecture and iconography at St Elijah Orthodox Church .
Father Seraphim Cardoza talks about the importance of Ecumenical Councils, Constantine the Great, Holy Fathers and Confession in the Orthodox Church .
Greek Orthodox Church 's Father Anthony on Route 66 5/21.
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In science:

Already hundreds of years ago, famous Jewish scholars and Christian church fathers held the view that the “days” represent different facets of creation and are not meant to be literal units of duration nor to describe the temporal sequence of events.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics
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