Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5
Cyprian? On the Glory of Martyrdom
Another in the "did Cyprian write this?" series, On the Glory of Martyrdom is a medium-length treatise explaining exactly what the title suggests--that martyrdom is a victory rather than a defeat that Christians ought to celebrate, if not so much actively embrace. While bits of this essay might get a bit rhetorically and theologically extravagant, by and large it is excellent and worth reading. It is especially convicting to those of us who live in the relative safety and affluence of the modern West, and who heretofore have not really had to suffer for the faith. The devotion herein is challenging, and worthy of much prayer and reflection.