* Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of the next month and a half, I'm making a few minor changes to my schedule of posting. All posts will continue to be made daily and will consist of material that has not appeared before on this blog. However, because my time will be taken up by my final thesis defense for my Master of Church History degree and by a trip to the Holy Land, several of my ongoing series will be on hold until May.

- On Wednesdays, I'll be posting some of my original poems from my college years, and then in May my "Evangeliad" poems will resume.

- On Thursdays, my series on "How to Be Miserable in Your Christian Life" will wrap up by the end of March. That will conclude that series for now; however, if you enjoyed it, please let me know, because I may add more to it at some later point.

- And on Fridays, my "Glimpses of Grace" series will be on hiatus until May. In the meantime, it will be replaced with a serialized, unpublished novella that I wrote back in 2005, "Worth It All." Beginning in the first week of May, "Glimpses of Grace" will return, this time in the Thursday slot, and a newly-composed adventure novel will be posted on Fridays.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Patristic ABCs

When my boys were a couple years younger, just learning the alphabet, they fell in love with song from YouTube, "Phonics Song 2". So I decided to write a song to the same tune, which would not only teach our kids the alphabet, but also the names of the early church fathers. Here are the lyrics to "The Patristic ABCs." Please feel free to use this is in all your nursery-level Sunday School classes, or your doctorate-level patristics classes, as the case may be (though you'll have to check with A. J. Jenkins of KidsTV123 for rights to the tune).

 The Patristic ABCs
 A is for Augustine, Athanasius, Ambrose
B is for Basil, Benedict, Boethius
C is for Cyril, Clement, and Cyprian
D is for Didymus and for Dionysius
E is for Ephrem and for Eusebius
F  is for Flavian and Minucius Felix
G is for Gregory, a whole bunch of Gregorys
H is for Hippolytus, Hermas, and Hilary
                These are the letters of our alphabet
And these are the fathers of our church (x2)
I is for Ignatius, Irenaeus, Isidore
J is for John Chrysostom, Justin and Jerome
K is for letters they never used back then
L is for Lactantius and for Leo
M is for Macarius, Martin, Melito
N is for Nazianzen and for Nestorius
O is for Origen and for Osius
P is for Polycarp, Papias, Paulinus
                These are the letters of our alphabet
And these are the fathers of our church (x2)
Q is for Quadratus the early apologist
R is for Rufinus and for Rabbulas
S is for Severus, Socrates, Sozomen
T is for Tatian, Tertullian, and Theodore
U is for Ulfilas (early gothic missionary)
V is for Victor and for Vigilius
W is for women, the core of the early church
X is for Latin, where names don’t start with X
Y is for Yohannan, Yohannan the elder
Z is for Zosimus and Zephyrinus
These are the letters of our alphabet
And these are the fathers of our church (x2)
Now I know my Patristic ABCs
Next time won’t you sing with me?

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