The Paradise, or Garden of the Holy Fathers (Book 2)

Palladius (c. 363 - c. 430)
Translated by E. A. Wallis Budge (1857 - 1934)

The Desert Fathers were early Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks who mainly lived in the Scetes desert of Egypt. The most famous was St. Anthony the Great, who moved to the desert in 270 AD and became known as both the father and founder of desert monasticism. By the time Anthony died in AD 356, thousands of monks and nuns had been drawn to Anthony's example of living in the harsh conditions of the inner desert, praying the psalms, meditating on scripture, eating rarely, and working with their hands making baskets or mats. This work is a collection of stories from the lives of these early monks and nuns. - Summary by ancientchristian

Genre(s): Christianity - Biographies

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Chapters 1 & 2: Mark the Mourner and Mar Paulus ancientchristian
Play 02 Chapter 3: The Triumph Of A Young Man Who Was An Alexandrian ancientchristian
Play 03 Chapters 4-9: The triumphs of an old man, of various disciples and of Peter. Also of Aurelius ancientchristian
Play 04 Chapters 10-13: Abba Moses the Indian, abba Pior, Abba Moses the Libyan and a wandering monk ancientchristian
Play 05 Chapters 14 &15: Evagrius and Malchus. ancientchristian
Play 06 Chapters 16-21: Of two fathers who went naked, another holy man, a solitary monk, a holy virgin and the two young men who were with Macarius. ancientchristian
Play 07 Chapters 22-24: Of Abba Bessarion and the wonder things he wrought, and the holy man who possessed nine virtues. ancientchristian
Play 08 Chapters 25-27: Of Maria, the history of a certain sage and two brothers in a Persian Monastery. ancientchristian
Play 09 Chapters 28 & 29: a certain virgin who grew old in the fear of God and Stephana. ancientchristian
Play 10 Chapters 30-36: Of Eucarpus, a certain famous deacon, a certain excellent bishop, a neighbour of Abba Poemen, a brother who denied Christ, an old man in Scete and a harlot whom Serapion converted. ancientchristian
Play 11 Chapters 37-42: of the harlot, Abba Apolls, Cosmas, Abba Macarius, a certain old man, and Abba Macarius. ancientchristian
Play 12 Chapters 43 & 43: Of Abba Mark the Less and Abba Paule the Simple. ancientchristian